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Rain Garden Handbook

A rain garden is a garden planted with native plants and shrubs. These gardens are designed to capture rain water and allow that water to soak into the ground. Rain gardens can help prevent flooding, reduce water pollution, and beautify your yard. They are affordable options for homeowners compared with traditional  pipe and drain systems, and require minimal time and skill to maintain each year. According to the Washington State Association of Realtors, a properly installed rain garden reduces maintenance costs for homeowners, as well as creates eye-catching, low maintenance landscaping that can easily pay for itself by increasing home value. 

The Washington State Department of Ecology, Kitsap County, and Washington State University joined together to prepare the Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington. This helpful guide is for anyone looking to install a rain garden on their property. For more information about rain garden installation in the Puget Sound area, visit the 12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound website.