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The Power of Swales

We’re back with the seventh and final video in the series by the State Waterboard showing just how easy it is for residents to step up and be environmental stewards. This video is all about the incredible impact that the addition of a swale or a rain garden can have in reducing runoff and putting the rainwater that falls on your home and garden to good use.

At its simplest, a rain garden is a low point in your yard with good drainage where you want to direct water and let it infiltrate into the soil. By planting the right mix of plants, you can create an attractive addition to your garden that absorbs water, filters pollutants, and slows overwatering.

When we were looking for potential overwatering zones, they are also good candidates for rain gardens because the landscape naturally pools there. The key difference, of course, being that an overwatering zone is saturated because you’re using your sprinklers too much while a rain garden is retaining rain water instead of redirecting it into the stormwater system.

Sooo, to keep it simple, the next time it rains try to do three things that they did in the video.

  1. Identify the high point on your landscape. This is where the water will originate from.
  2. Identify the low point on your landscape. This is where the water will collect and is an ideal spot for a rain garden.
  3. Think how the water will get from the high point to the low point. If it has to travel far, consider adding a swale.

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