Create a ‘Rain Garden’

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Creating a rain garden can save on your water bill and help prevent flooding in your area.  Julie Meyer, the owner of Gardens of Delight in Northampton told us more.

About Rain Gardens:
When rain falls in undeveloped areas, the water is absorbed and filtered by soil and
plants. When rain falls on developed areas, it is carried away through engineered collection systems and discharged into streams and rivers, like the Connecticut. Unfortunately, it turns out that this system picks up bacteria, heavy metals, salts, oils, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants from all the places it runs off of and gets into the waterbodies. We are dependent on healthy water. Rain gardens are one of many important ways we can create a healthy watershed. If everyone did these, there would be so much less flooding like we saw Friday. Spewing storm-drains, blocked roads, rain gardens are one way to help.
Thousands of downspouts have been disconnected in the past + years, and the reason it is one of the most popular forms of “green infrastructure” is because they offer so many benefits and they are accessible to all of us. Any one who gardens or mows a lawn is able to install a rain garden.


  • A rain garden is a shallow vegetated basin in the landscape that collects and filters rain,
  • that can be installed virtually anywhere by virtually anyone and it can make a big difference.
  • Parts you need: roof/ buried pipe, downspout, sump pump, swale/ basin/ rocks and plants.
  • Undergo a site analysis- soil, how much water… design – size, plants, location, where will overflow go,
  • style. Plant it and maintain it.
  • 10′ away minimal, not over bedrock, not on steep slopes, not where wet.
  • DO IT. Next storm, go outside and watch the flow of water off your roof, and the street.

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