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Iowans’ Minds in the Gutter? It’s All About a Rain Garden

April 9, 2007

Planting rain gardens has caught on in rural areas of Iowa in recent years, and now folks in town are being encouraged to plant the same. Inger Lamb with Prairie Rivers of Iowa Resource Conservation and Development says rain gardens are low-maintenance, and they play a role in catching runoff that can carry pollutants to rivers and streams.

"Rain gardens are depressions in the land. They are designed to catch rain water and have water seep into the ground rather than run across the top."

The first step to creating a rain garden is to find a natural depression in the land, then sow some native plants. Lamb notes that no sophisticated irrigation system or care is needed.

"You extend the gutter from your house into this depression so the rainwater is coming off your house and going into this bowl which you have dug and covered with these prairie species."

There is no mowing, fertilizing or watering once a rain garden is established. Lamb adds that the plants provide more habitat for all sorts of animals, from birds to butterflies.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA