If you want to replenish ground water and help the environment, you should consider a rainwater garden. This garden is ideal for the climatic conditions here in Minnesota and can thrive under the right care and maintenance. At McNeill Landscape, we believe that every landscape should have a rain garden. Not only does it look beautiful, but it helps your landscape and the environment.
We have many clients here in Excelsior and in the surrounding areas of Minnetonka, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Chaska, and Edina who like the idea. Almost all our clients want more eco-friendly and natural landscaping solutions and a rain garden fits that description easily. We have installed several rain gardens in Chanhassen, Mound, Shakopee, Plymouth, and Saint Louis Park and know just how effective they are.
What is a Rain Garden?Rain gardens are essentially depressions in the grade of your landscape that contain mulch and carefully chosen plants. These depressions collect rainwater and storm runoff instead of directing it towards the drains. The roots of these rain garden plants will absorb nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from the water, reduce its volume, and filter out the pollutants.
By the time the rainwater and storm runoff passes through the rain garden and into the ground, the water is clean and ready to replenish ground water. This is a completely natural filtration system and is based on the hydrologic of thriving and healthy forests. This is one of the best additions to any landscape because you don’t waste water, and make sure that the ground water quality isn’t compromised.
Why Should You Install Rain Gardens?Normal rainwater is usually of good quality and should be allowed to replenish ground water levels. Unfortunately, once the water hits ground, it can become polluted. When storm runoff hits pavements, lawns, gardens, etc, it can pick up fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, cement sediments, and other such toxic contaminants.
These can compromise the quality of the groundwater and pollute it. When this water is directed towards the drains, it can carry these contaminants to the sea or ocean and harm the aquatic life therein. While rain gardens might seem like a small, insignificant feature to install in your backyard, it can have a massive impact on the environment.
How do we Plan Rain Gardens?We have ample experience and can build effective and beautiful rain gardens on your property. Our installation process is straightforward:
- We find the best location that can absorb large amounts of water.
- We then determine the size and shape of the garden.
- Our employees will then remove the grass and excavate the basin.
- We’ll lay an inlet pipe that would direct storm water to the garden.
- The next step is to add plants. We choose plants that would grow well in Minnesota.
- We then add mulch around the plants.
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