Sometimes, when it rains, it pours, especially when it comes to spring and summer rains in St Louis. While great for lush green grass and healthy plants, if you have low-lying areas on your property, you probably have a love/hate relationship with heavy summer rains. Even the most level of yards can only absorb so much water, and, depending on the soil composition, flooding and pooling can happen quickly. Impervious landscaping, or areas where water is not absorbed, such as parking areas, streets, and buildings, also contribute to creating water problems on a property.
Aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible, rain gardens are a great way to combat stormwater issues on both residential and commercial properties. Because they can fit easily into an existing landscape plan, curb, median, or cul de sac, rain gardens are a non-invasive way of managing stormwater into greenspaces. Because they are so effective at absorbing and treating runoff, they are also considered a best management practice in many municipalities for stormwater in and around new developments.