Rain Gardens

LMU rain garden, photo by Karina Johnston, The Bay Foundation

Rain Garden at Loyola Marymount University, photo by Karina Johnston, The Bay Foundation

A rain garden is a place where the ground has been graded to capture incoming rainwater to let it infiltrate – either into the ground itself or an underground structure.  Rain gardens can become a great place to locate trees or plants that can tolerate brief wetter conditions. For native landscaping projects, picture the biota living in a vernal – or seasonal – pool.

Gutter Redirection
Aligning your gutters so that water goes into a rain barrel, a cistern, a rain garden or vegetation on your property allows you to keep and utilize stormwater on site.