RainScaping

A Beautiful Solutions to Water Pollution!

What solution should I use?

Rainscaping practices integrate a variety of methods to reduce the impact of polluted runoff. Most of the practices described are approaches you can implement in your own front, side and backyard. RainScaping incorporates general conservation landscaping practices, including using native plants, removing invasive plants,conserving water, eliminating or reducing chemical fertilizers and pesticides to reduce pollution and conserve resources, shaping the ground for better infiltration and to control erosion, and enhancing aesthetics and wildlife habitat.

Rainscaping protects our waterways by infiltrating and filtering stormwater runoff. Rainscaping practices range from simple measures that include redirecting downspouts to planting beds, installing rain gardens and rain barrels, planting native trees and shrubs, and replacing hard surfaces with permeable surfaces, to more sophisticated measures such as larger bioretention and green roofs installations. By using these techniques and planting native plants that don’t require fertilizers and pesticides, we will improve water quality in our streams, creeks, rivers, and the Bay, while creating habitats full of beauty and life where local birds and butterflies will thrive!

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