SCVL Offers Flexible Services
for Custom Designed Rain Gardens
Rain gardens, quite simply, are gardens that soak up rain
from your roof, driveway, sidewalk or yard. They are slightly different
from your typical flower garden. Rain gardens are planted with wild
flowers and deep-rooted native vegetation--which helps the ground soak
up more water. They are typically placed near downspouts on a home to
capture water, so the runoff can gradually soak into the ground.
SCVL has been designing and installing
rain gardens since 2003 and we’ve been a part of their evolution along
the way. When you decide you want a rain garden in your yard, we
recommend planning carefully. We’ve seen many mistakes in rain
gardens-like poor construction, cookie cutter plantings that clash with
the overall landscape design, or wild unkempt prairie plantings flopping
over from too much fertilizer or shade.
With the wide variety of plants and
hardscape materials available we can create a rain garden with a natural
look or an organized planting suitable for the most refined settings.
We understand when homeowners’ desire to
participate in the process of installing their rain gardens. That’s why
we developed our flexible DIY (Do It Yourself ) packages.
We create custom designed rain gardens
in managing storm water
integrate cohesively and seamlessly
into the overall Eco-Smart landscaping
plan for your property
Let us provide our expertise to help you
create a beautiful and cohesive rain garden that fits perfectly into
your yard so you can start enjoying the environmental benefits that a
rain garden brings to your property today.
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Ultimately our ground water is affected.
Here in Wisconsin where 95% of people rely on groundwater for their drinking
water, adequate and clean water should be a concern for all of us. Rain
gardens offer an attractive ecological solution. A rain garden is simply a
shallow depression-rather than your typical raised bed- filled with moisture
loving plants. Like a natural sponge, the rain garden soaks up, filters and
helps evaporate water from roofs, and other impervious surfaces rather than
running off to a storm drain.
Article from Osceola Sun June 2006
Rain Gardens: Landscaping for Our Environment
Homeowners in many
parts of the country are catching on to rain gardens as one way
they can contribute to keeping our waters as clean as possible
for future generations. As we see more of our agricultural and
forested lands get developed the storm water runoff that
typically filtered back into the land is now becoming an
environmental challenge. It overburdens storm water treatment
systems and sweeps sediment and pollutants such as phosphorous
from fertilizers into our streams, rivers and lakes.
Nancy Knutsen, Osceola homeowner living by
Lotus Lake had St. Croix Valley Landscaping put in rain gardens when they
were planning their landscaping. She says, “We had never heard of rain
gardens. We had severe erosion problems before the rain gardens went in and
now it is all taken care of for us. They eliminate a lot of work and require
very little watering to keep the plants looking nice.”
The look of the rain
garden can be tailored to fit the style of your home and landscaping. Many
use native plants and how they are designed will determine if the rain
garden will have a wild look or more traditional cultivated garden look.
Knutsen goes on to say, “we have three different types of rain gardens, one
that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and the others just blend into
the rest of the landscaping. We wouldn’t have had this diversity in plants
without these rain gardens”.
While an individual rain
garden in a yard may seem like a small thing, collectively they provide
significant community environmental benefits including:
amount of water that filters into the ground
communities from flooding and drainage problems
and lakes from pollutants carried by storm water
Enhancing the beauty
of yards and neighborhoods
habitat for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects