Dan’s Garden: Rain Gardens

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NEAR JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — The lack of rain in the next 7 days makes it an excellent time to get outside and do some yard work and one thing you may want to create is a rain garden. The OSU Master Gardener Rhianna Simes explains what that is and how easy it is to set up, in this segment of Dan’s Garden.

At the OSU Extension outside Central Point, the rain garden there is a demonstration to land owners to learn how to divert the water that comes off their roof. Through their gutters in a garden is a small depression where the water comes in off the roof.

An example is a down spout from the building at the OSU Extension Service and what they’re doing there is filtering debris that’s coming off the building with a simple screen. The water from the gutter goes into the rain barrel and then fills it up. Then, the over flow from the rain barrel goes to a tube that heads out to the rain garden and since it’s downhill we can use gravity to pull the water down to the rain garden.

Now they don’t have to be as sophisticated as this. You can simply put it on your drain tube and out. It just needs to make sure the rain garden is downhill, so you get that good flow. Rain gardens are not the same as a pond or bog. You actually want the water to percolate, have water loving plants low in the garden and then leaning to drought-tolerate plants. It really can be a great addition to any landscape.

For more information, consult the OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines:
Jackson County: 541-776-7371
Josephine County: 541-476-6613
Klamath County: 541-883-7131
Curry County: 541-247-6672