Rain Gardens

Runoff from the impervious pavement helps this rain garden thrive. 

Rain gardens are a wonderful way to beautify your property and reduce your water consumption. By directing rainwater from your roof or any other impervious structure, you can create a beautiful space without supplemental watering.

Diagram from Carolina Clear

Diagram from Carolina Clear

How

Installing a rain garden can be easy or technical depending on the design complexity. At its simplest, a rain garden consists of a shallow depression that allows water to drain towards the plants. More complex versions can involve specialized soil mixtures and subsurface drains. For assistance with installing a rain garden, contact the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners.

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water savings

Installing a rain garden can significantly reduce the amount of water you use for irrigation. Well-designed rain gardens can flourish with just the occasional shower. Utilizing native, drought-tolerant plants also helps improve resiliency in drier months. See the Sonoma County RCD's Guide for specific rain garden installation strategies. 

 

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stormwater impacts

Rain Gardens help your local community and environment by removing pollution before it enters waterways. The plants and soil in a rain garden filter stormwater and allow it to sink into the ground. This helps improve stream habitat and reduces the risk of flooding.