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Build a Rain Garden

What’s a rain garden? It’s a garden with a job.

A rain garden has a job to do—controlling puddles and keeping basements dry by soaking up water running off of roofs, driveways, walkways, and other hard surfaces.

  • Rain gardens usually feature attractive native wildflowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Rain gardens help prevent floods and pollution in Rouge River, too.
  • They capture water that might otherwise carry lawn chemicals and mud into the river.

Explore below to learn how to add one to your home.

Illustration by Doug Adamson, RDG Planning & Design, provided by USDA-NRCS in Des Moines, Iowa.


DIY Rain Garden Guidance


RainSmart Coach

This project has been funded in part through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Program by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The contents of the document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA or the DEQ, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.