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Specialized blend designed for rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff. The loose composition and high nutrient content offers filtration properties and allows easy root growth.
A rain garden is a planted depression where run-off from roofs, driveways and other surfaces is directed so that it can soak back into the soil naturally rather than run into storm drains. The soil and plants in these areas filter out some impurities before the water drains into sewers, groundwater, rivers and streams.
How should I choose the location for my rain garden?
Choose a spot where water can be easily directed through the landscape or from downspouts. Make sure to leave at least 6 feet from your house, and allow for overflow away from foundations and other structures. Get inspired here.
What should I do to prepare the site and soil?
Amend the soil so the mix is roughly 50% native soil, 30% soil amendment or compost-based product, and 20% pumice.
What steps can I take to ease the maintenance of my rain garden?
You can add mulch. Two kinds of mulch are important in a rain garden. A mulch of pea gravel or river rocks at the point where water enters will help prevent erosion; this mulch should be thick enough that no soil shows through. The rest of the rain garden should have a high-quality soil amendment or compost-based product 1-3” deep added once a year as spring rains taper off. This will help suppress weeds and maintain moisture levels during dry periods.
Do I need to water my rain garden?
Ironically, yes. All plants (even drought-tolerant ones) will need supplemental watering the first 1-2 years until they are well established.