Rainfall in Lake County Ohio can be very isolated at times, it could be down pouring in Mentor and dry as a bone in Chardon. With that said, we need to be very resourceful with the rain we get.
Rain is a natural resource that can be put to good use and a rain garden is a resourceful way to add beauty to the landscape. The rain is collected from runoff areas such as driveways, parking lots & roofs and will flow through to soak your plants. This will naturally filter the rain and greatly reduce excessive runoff into storm drains.
A great addition to a rain garden is a rain barrel. Rain barrels collect rain water from your downspout. The rain barrel can slowly water the rain garden with a soaker hose attached and also provide water for other plants throughout your property.
Below is a detailed manual on rain garden installation and plant selection native to northeastern Ohio;
www.centralohioraingardens.com for more info.
For plants and materials Pettiti’s Garden Center in Mentor, Ohio has a vast selection.