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Downspout Gardens

Urban lawns can become compacted over time and may not soak up rainwater efficiently, instead, allowing it to run off into the street, down a storm drain, and into local waters. Planting a rain garden or a downspout garden can help soak up stormwater runoff.

Downspout gardens function like a rain garden, however they require much less effort to install and can take up less space. Even a small (5'x5') garden can have a huge impact! These small gardens are located near the discharge of a downspout, have compost added to the soil, and are planted with native plants or grasses.

Downspout gardens aren't just a great way to protect our water, but they can add a fun feature to your landscape while also providing needed habitat for wildlife and pollinators.