What is Rainscaping?
Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement, and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. In addition to rain gardens and bioswales, a diverse landscape that includes trees, shrubs, perennials, mulch, and amended soils intercepts and disperses rain as it falls, and allows more water absorption into the soil and by plants.
- Online Rainscaping Guide
- Rainscaping Resources
- Rainscaping Presentation
- Cost Comparison Presentation
- Graph Paper
- Drawing Instructions/Example
- List of Invasive Species and Native Alternatives
- Native Plant Sources
- Percolation Test Instructions
- Rainscaping Maintenance Schedule
Impervious surfaces such as rooftops and driveways have replaced healthy soils and natural plant communities that once readily absorbed rainwater. The resulting runoff contributes to water pollution, health challenges, and property damage. You can landscape your yard for both beauty and function. Address specific water issues on your own property such as erosion, wet areas of the yard and difficult-to-mow places, while positively impacting your neighbors and area streams as well.
For more information about how to incorporate rainscaping in your yard, visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's online Rainscaping Guide.