Rainfall nourishes metro-Atlanta’s green plants and allows our famous tree cover to flourish. Rain falling on landscapes layered with trees, shrubs, groundcovers and turf stays where it falls and supplies moisture to plant roots before going deeper to replenish ground water stores.
But storm water from rain storms that lands on hard surfaces like parking lots, driveways, sidewalks and roofs is subject to runoff. Compacted lawn areas and bare or sloping ground are also subject to erosion that can cause water pollution and flooding. When storm water flows into storm drains rain it is swiftly removed from the surrounding area and is unable to soak into the ground causing diminished groundwater.
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A rain garden is CrabappleLandscapExperts’s simple yet effective solution to this urban problem. Our rain gardens are created as a swale or low spot adjacent to your parking area or slope and plant it with versatile, water-loving plants that are tough enough to withstand dry soils inbetween rains. We carefully choose plants that require little to no fertilization, often natives and grasses.
The planted depression collects and immobilizes the rainwater runoff, and then excess water is absorbed into the ground and some evaporates. Water is used by the selected plants as they transpire moisture through their leaves and return water vapor to the atmosphere. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of solid pollutants reaching creeks and streams by an estimated 30%.
CrabappleLandscapExperts makes the most of this natural resource for HOAs and for the properties you manage. Call one of our Expert Reps to discuss the installation of a rain garden on your property at 770-740-9739.