Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens

Install a Rain Barrel

People have captured rainwater for thousands of years.  Installing a rain barrel is a simple way to conserve water for use in our gardens and yards.  Rain barrels  are commercially available and are also very easy to build. Follow this link to download instructions for rain barrel construction and installation. Many other ideas and plans are available online.

More information is available at this link: http://www.rainbarrelguide.com/

Build a Raingarden!

A raingarden is a garden designed to hold extra water when it rains.  They are usually built on either a low spot which tends to collect and hold water, or on a slope.  A raingarden has several important benefits:  it retains storm water and any pollution it might carry thus keeping it out of our waterways, it helps to fillter out  pollution, it reduces the amount of turf grass that needs to be mowed, and it benefits birds, butterflies, and biodiversity with the use of native plants tolerant of wet conditions.  Raingardens on school grounds can also be a terrific educational resource for years to come, as well as a source of inspiration and beauty.

Please use the following links to explore raingardens:

Local Rain Garden Projects:

http://www.sustainableshelby.com/raingardens

http://scsnewsroom.com/index.php/2014-07-14-14-18-16/innovate-scs/item/285-rain-gardens-planned-for-three-scs-schools

http://www.commercialappeal.com/lifestyle/rain-gardens

http://www.localmemphis.com/mostpopular/story/Rain-Gardens-Pouring-Into-Memphis/d/story/aZl6PQ4_hUaSVVXWRnorig

http://www.evergreenraingarden.org/

Other Rain Garden Resources:

http://raingardenalliance.org/

http://raingardenalliance.org/right/calculator

http://nemo.uconn.edu/raingardens/101.htm

http://www.lowimpactdevelopment.org/raingarden_design/index.htm

Schoolyard Habitat Resources:

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Schoolyard-Habitats.aspx

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/cpwn/schoolyardhabitat.html

http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/pdf/habitatguide.pdf

http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/