Rainscaping: The Eco-Friendly Landscaping Option You Can’t Ignore
You know that section of your yard that is always wet and no matter how hard you try, the grass never grows? It’s that area the kids and family dog are always walking through and tracking mud into the house.
What if we told you that we could make that area one of your favorite parts of your yard? Would you believe us? You should!
Rainscaping is a landscaping technique that manages and filters water where it falls. This often takes the form of:
- Reducing turf areas
- Amending soil
- Planting buffer zones
- Using permeable pavements
- Using rain barrels
- Installing rain gardens
The most popular and probably the most aesthetically pleasing option is the installation of rain gardens. Rain gardens are a rainscaping technique which uses plants that thrive off of lots of water. They not only allow water runoff to naturally evaporate into the air and absorb into the ground, but they can also be attractive wildlife habitats depending on the plants used.
Usually, rainscaping involves using native plants that are adapted to the local climate. The plants are also either easy to maintain or completely maintenance-free altogether.
Finally, a well-designed rain garden can be a beautiful addition to your yard (that will hopefully cut down on the mud coming into your home).