Two-minute Takeaway: What Is a Rain Garden?

Created by Erica Simek Sloniker / TNC

The Two-Minute Takeaway

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Around springtime, many of us feel our green thumbs begin to itch, and weekends become workdays in the garden. But did you know that you can also make your garden work for you (and your neighbors)?

Beyond fresh vegetables and cheerful blooms, your garden can be a key contributor to environmental health. By planting native grasses and other local flora within a shallow depression, you enlist your garden’s deep roots to naturally filter pollutants from storm runoff as it travels through cityscapes toward Puget Sound.

So the next time you consider a landscape update, consider a rain garden. Your green thumb may turn out to be a pivotal player in protecting our planet!

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