Fish and Flowers Rain Gardens

"Creating a rain garden in your lawn will help fish thrive in Lake Champlain!"


What is a rain garden?

A rain garden is a shallow bowl dug out in a location where it can collect rain water or snow-melt that would otherwise end up polluting a local stream, river, or lake. The rain garden contains perennials, shrubs, and small trees that either thrive or can tolerate wet conditions.


Why should I create a rain garden on my lawn?

Have you ever seen an algae bloom? Have you heard of toxic fish due to coal-tar (or PAHs)? Have you seen "No Swimming" signs because of an E. coli breakout? Well, a rain garden can help prevent threats such as these by preventing water pollution runoff from entering our surface waters via a stormdrain or direct flow.


Is creating a rain garden a lot of work?

Creating a rain garden actually isn't a difficult project to complete, nor is it expensive. Especially with the guidance of the Vermont Rain Garden Manual, you don't even need to hire a landscaper. Just grab a shovel, buy the appropriate plants, maybe some compost, some mulch or stones, and you have everything to complete your rain garden.

Make sure to follow the steps in the Vermont Rain Garden Manual to ensure that your rain garden is located in the best spot to collect water runoff, you're using the right plants, and it's the correct size for the amount of water that it will collect.

Also, learn how much money trees will save you every year and how much pollution they can prevent! Just go to the Arbor Day Foundation tree calculator and fill in the tree type and size.


Looking for a Vermont Rain garden manual? You're in luck! Click the button below to get it. Plus, get the list of plants that are perfect for your Vermont rain garden!

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Rain Garden next to Road: Beau Owens Photography
Top and bottom rain garden images: Carolyn Bates