Have you ever wondered when gardening became so expensive? If you are one of the homeowners who like to keep their gardens graceful, you must have realized at some point that you are paying more and more for it each year. So what can you do about it? Well, here is an amazingly easy solution to your gardening problems stemming from short budget—Rain Gardens.
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. The garden must be positioned near a runoff source like a downspout, drive way or sump pump to capture rainwater runoff and stop the water from reaching the sewer system.
Why plant a Rain Garden?
As we all know, freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce due to pollution despite its increasing necessity. Thankfully, rain help garden reduce pollution and preserve our water system by keeping clean and fresh rainwater out of the sewer system. It can capture the runoff and hold not only thousands of gallons of rainwater that can be used in your own garden and yard but all of the pollutants that contaminate our waterways. After that, the water will infiltrate deep into the ground so that it can be used by nearby plants and trees.
Saving the earth may sound like a grand and complicated work which should be assigned to ecologists. However, just by planting a rain garden and spreading the words, you can improve the community the world you live in. Will this be enough of an reason for you to plant a rain garden? Oh and also, rain garden is quite beautiful. You can impress your neighbors not only by its gorgeous look but also by its function as a habitat fo birds and beneficial insects.
How do I get one?
Now here is the good news. Currently, the LA Rain Gardens program is offering two choices for the homeowners: a Do It Yourself option, as well as the option of having the rain garden installed by a team of Generation Water employees. Surprisingly, both options cost the same for the homeowners–Nothing.
In order to give our readers more information on this opportunity, we copied Q&A section from LA Rain Gardens.
Q: How long will it take for me to receive my reimbursement?
A: You will receive your reimbursement within 60 days of the rain garden’s installation or after submitting your receipts for doing it yourself.
Q: If I was denied by the LA Rain Gardens Program after the application or the site assessment, can I re-apply?
A: Yes, you may re-apply after making the proper adjustments needed to qualify your home for a rain garden.
Q: If I’m installing the rain garden myself, can I make it as large as I want?
A: Yes, you can make it as big as you want, however, the LA Rain Gardens Program will only reimburse you for up to $500 per rain garden.
Q: If I’m installing the rain garden myself, how long do I have to install it before the reimbursement option expires?
A: You have up to 60 days maximum to complete the installation of your rain garden.
Q: What is the maximum amount that I can be reimbursed?
A: The maximum amount is $1,000.
Q: If I don’t have gutters and/or a downspout, but I want a rain garden, will the LA Rain Gardens Program subsidize it?
A: No, the LA Rain Gardens Program will only reimburse you for rain garden installation. You must have gutters and a downspout in order to be approved for a rain garden.
Q: How do I know if I should do it myself or have it installed for me?
A: It will be less work for you to have it installed, but if you have basic knowledge of gardening and enjoy working on your home, then you may want to consider installing the rain garden yourself. Doing it yourself will give you more flexibility when it comes to plant selection and size of your rain garden.
Q: I’ve checked the site requirements but I’m still not sure if I’m eligible for a free rain garden. How can I find out?
A: You can take a look at our Rain Garden Site Assessment Form (.pdf) which can help you through the process of things like determining the square footage of your roof area, and the slope of your yard. If you are still unsure about whether you qualify, schedule a site assessment and we will determine your eligibility.
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