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Designing Your New Landscaping? Easy Steps For Creating A Rain Garden

If you live in a drought-plagued region, you might watch rain water flowing down the street and wish there was a way to save it. If you have rain gutters installed on your home, there is. While you can't use the rain water for human consumption, there are ways to keep it from being wasted. That's where a rain garden comes in. Rain gardens are a way to help rain water seep back into the underground aquifers instead of flowing down the street in the gutters. Here's a simple way to create your own rain garden.

Begin With the Soil

When planning a rain garden, it's important that you begin with the soil. The rain will be collected in the garden and will be absorbed into the soil. A poor soil will create a flood zone in your yard. Test your soil to ensure proper absorption.


  1. Choose the location for your garden.
  2. Dig a hole that's at least 12" deep.
  3. Fill the hole with water and allow it to absorb.
  4. Fill the hole again and leave it undisturbed for about 48 hours.
  5. If the water has absorbed after 48 hours, the soil is perfect for a rain garden.
  6. If there is still water in the hole after 48 hours, you'll need to create additional drainage support.
  7. Excavate the garden area and place a layer of gravel at the base of the garden space.
  8. Fill the space with soil and prepare the rest of your garden.

Create the Downspout

Once you have the soil prepared and the drainage is adequate, you'll be ready to create the inflow system. The inflow is the manner in which the rain water is delivered to your garden. To create the inflow, you'll need to purchase a 6" flexible drainage hose from your local home improvement store. You'll need the drain pipe to reach from the downspout all the way to your garden, so be sure to measure before you make your purchase. You'll also need one 6" hose clamp to fasten the drainage pipe to your downspout.


  1. Locate the downspout for your rain gutters.
  2. Place the hose clamp around one end of the flexible drainage hose.
  3. Place that end of the drainage hose directly over the end of the downspout and tighten the hose clamp.
  4. Extend the hose into your rain garden and cover with soil.
  5. Add plants and ground covering to complete your rain garden.

Rain water doesn't have to be wasted. With the instructions provided above, you can create a rain garden that will collect the water that flows through your rain gutters. The water will be absorbed back into the soil where it can filter through to the underground aquifers. For professional help, contact local landscapers, such as Cottonwood Landscapes LLC.