Here at Rain Control Aluminum we’ve been passionate about water conservation for some time. As Tampa-area gutter contractors we tend to feel it’s important to educate people about good water use, which is why we spend a lot of time on our blog talking about rainwater harvesting and rain gardens.
As such, we’ve found we get a lot of questions about them. And though our specialty is seamless aluminum gutters, we find we want to try to answer them as best we can.
Will Rain Gardens Lower My Property Value?
This rumor likely started circulating around the Pacific Northwest, where one poorly-designed rain garden project went notoriously wrong. However, there is no evidence to suggest that rain gardens lower property values in any way.
Instead, evidence seems to suggest that installing a rain garden will increase the value of your property by up to 5%.
Will I have to deal with standing water in my rain garden?
Nobody wants standing water, least of all in Florida, where mosquitoes are a persistent problem.
Fortunately, a well-designed rain garden should not create any kind of a lasting problem. However, if you find your rain garden drains too slowly for your liking you do have the option of installing an underdrain, which many experts are starting to recommend as a matter of course.
What happens to the pollutants I’m supposedly keeping out of Florida’s waterways by building a rain garden?
When people ask this question they usually mean am I then putting all those pollutants in my front yard?
A valid question, but not one worth worrying about. You’re helping with stormwater runoff from your driveway and roof. The Florida waterways are dealing with the runoff from everyone’s driveways and roofs. It makes a difference.
Evidence also suggests the plants themselves cleanse the pollutants away, break them down and even make use of them.
I have a rain garden, but my plants keep dying.
Remember you might have to water the plants for the first year. You can’t always rely on the rain to do it for you. You should make sure you’re dealing with native plants, and you should select them for the soil conditions you’re working with.
See this pamphlet from the US Department of Agriculture for more tips.
Ultimately rain gardens are easy, low-maintenance ways to beautify your yard while helping Florida waterways. Most of the work is on the front end, and you can troubleshoot any other problems you encounter. Why not give it a try?