What is Rainscaping?
Rainscaping is a method of watershed restoration that promotes green infrastructure awareness and implementation among homeowners, landscapers, and contractors, highlighting both the benefits of green infrastructure and the skills required for installation.
Green Infrastructure: is the practice of infiltrating stormwater by use of natural systems (like rainscaping) in order to reestablish a healthy water flow. These systems allow for the infiltration of stormwater before it is released into conventional storm and sewer system, protecting our lakes, rivers, and streams from harmful pollutants. Learn more
Rain Gardens: are filled with specifically selected native plants that absorb untreated stormwater in their deep root system, preventing it from contaminating our waterways.
Native Plants/Trees: utilizes indigenous plant species and often attract pollinators and other beneficial insects to the site. Native plants have deep root systems which help stormwater infiltrate the ground, they also require less water, fertilizer, and care once established. Trees are increasingly recognized for their importance in managing stormwater runoff. Roots take up water and help create conditions in the soil that promote infiltration. Depending on the size and species, a single tree may store 100 gallons, or more, of stormwater.
Streamside Buffers: also known as “riparian area”, are made up of native plants that surround a river or waterway and control erosion, filter pollutants, protect fish, reduce flooding, and provide suitable wildlife habitat.
Curb Cuts: are portions of a concrete curb that is removed in order to divert stormwater out of the streets and into streetside rain gardens or other detention basins.
Rain Barrels: usually made from recycled ~50 gallon barrels, rain barrels are connected to a downspout and capture and store rainwater and store it for later use. Rain barrels can me made at home or bought already constructed from a home improvement store.
How Rainscaping Can Help You!
Make your yard a haven for bees and butterflies
Make your community healthier and more livable
Improve wet problem areas in your yard
Reach cost-effective and sustainable green decisions
Manage your natural resources more effectively
Redesign urban landscapes for environmental health
Meet regulatory and economic goals