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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Rain Garden Performance
    environment one drop at a time Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance statistics 115 Gardens registered with the RGA 203 103 Gallons of capacity of rain gardens registered with the RGA 8 868 Gallons of rainfall captured by all RGA gardens in the past 1 day 7 days 30 days 3 months 1 year 5 643 521 Gallons of rainfall captured by all RGA gardens since July 1 2009 Start planning

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - About the Rain Garden Alliance
    method of addressing the combined sewage overflow CSO and other wet weather runoff issues that plague Southwestern Pennsylvania For more information on Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance or to learn more about how your organization can become a partner send an e mail to info raingardenalliance org Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance Partners ALCOSAN Allegheny County County Executive s Office Allegheny County Conservation District Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania Best

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Rain Garden Performance
    Rain Garden Registering my Garden Rain Garden Performance About the Rain Garden Alliance Regional Map Password Reset Enter your email address to reset your password When you re done you will receive an email with a new password Email 2 2 Type the answer to the question in the box This is for your security to prove that you are a person and not a malicious spam machine The site

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Benefits
    and add beauty to your surroundings But the most important benefits don t meet the eye Improving your yard your neighborhood your entire community Naturally After decades of relentless development we continue to pave over green spaces and rainwater that once seeped into the soil runs into rivers streams and lakes carrying chemicals and other pollutants as well as untreated sewage and often resulting in flooding Putting things back in balance starts in your own back yard Every rain garden that sprouts in your community is another important step in reversing the trend and restoring the natural balance A network of rain gardens makes a difference in many ways Helping keep water clean by filtering rainwater runoff before it reaches local waterways Helping protect communities from flooding and drainage problems Replenishing area aquifers by increasing the amount of water filtering into the ground Enhancing the beauty of yards and communities Providing habitats for wildlife from birds to butterflies One rain garden can t do it But by building and adding to a rain garden network we can all make a big difference for the entire region Rain gardens are sprouting up everywhere Check out our map of rain gardens across

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - FAQs
    a landscaper to plan and install and you re looking at 10 15 square foot or more Plants are the single most expensive item Is a rain garden a pond Rain gardens are designed to hold water for no more than 24 48 hours Unlike ponds you don t need costly pumps electricity or filters In fact a rain garden is a filter for the water that runs off of your property s impervious surfaces How much maintenance is required Less than a regular garden if you use native plants They adapt well to their natural surroundings and don t need fertilizers or pesticides While your natives are establishing their roots water them every other day or so for two to three weeks or until you see that they re thriving After that you ll never need to water them except during a prolonged dry spell Won t it attract mosquitoes Properly installed your rain garden shouldn t hold water long enough for mosquito larvae to complete their 7 to 12 day life cycle Rain gardens also attract dragonflies who find mosquitoes quite tasty Do I have to use native plants You don t have to use plants native to Western Pennsylvania but there are many advantages Natives have adapted to our climate and are much better at handling the periodic inundation getting their feet wet that goes along with a rain garden They ll also save you the time and money of replanting every year and offer much greater wildlife value What about winter Even though your plants will be dormant in the winter gardens can still help slow down water movement and enable it to be absorbed into the ground Water may remain longer particularly when the ground is frozen but that s not a problem in winter

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Plant List
    Lavender Limonium latifolium Sea Thrift Armeria maritima Sedum Autumn Joy Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy Silver Mound Artemisia Artemisia schmidtiana Silver Mound Shrubs Groundcovers Alpine Currant Ribes alpinum Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva ursi Blueberry Cranberry Vaccinium spp Chokeberry Photinia spp Gray Dogwood Cornus racemosa Hydrangea Hydrangea spp Inkberry Ilex glabra Lilacs Syringa spp Mockorange Philadelphus coronarius Potentilla Potentilla fruiticosa Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Prunus x cistena Rock Cotoneaster Cotoneaster horizontalis Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus Saltspray Rose Rosa rugosa Scotch Broom Cytisus scoparius Siberian Pea Caragana arborescens Snowberry or Coralberry Symphoricarpos spp Spreading Cotoneaster Cotoneaster divaricatus St Johnswort Hypericum spp Sumac Rhus spp Vanhoutte Spirea Spirea x vanhouttei Willow Salix spp Winterberry Ilex verticillata Conifers Baldcypress Taxodium distichum Colorado Spruce Picea pungens Eastern Redcedar Juniperus virginiana Jack Pine Pinus banksiana Japanese Black Pine Pinus thunbergii Japanese White Pine Pinus parviflora Larch Larix spp Mugo Pine Pinus mugo Ponderosa Pine Pinus ponderosa White Spruce Picea glauca Plants for sunny rain gardens Download PDF list Beechwood Blend Lobelia cardinalis x siphilitica Bee balm Monarda didyma Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Blazing Star Liatris spicata Blue Vervain Verbena hastata Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum Bottle Gentian Gentiana clausa Bottlebrush Grass Elymus hystrix Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Common Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Culver s Root Veronicastrum virginicum Flat topped Aster Aster umbellatus Great Blue Lobelia obelia siphilitica Green headed Coneflower Rudbeckia laciniata Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium fistulosum Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris New England Aster Aster novae angliae New York Ironweed Vernonia noveboracensis Oxeye Heliopsis helianthoides Pink or Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Purple Bergamot Monarda media Purple stemmed Aster Aster puniceus Rough stemmed Goldenrod Solidago rugosa Short s Aster Aster shortii Swamp Rose Mallow Hibiscus moscheutos Switchgrass Panicum virgatum Tall Sunflower Helianthus giganteus Tall Tickseed Coreopsis tripteris Three lobed Coneflower Rudbeckia triloba White Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Garden Location
    runoff possible Start by identifying a location that you would like to add a garden Ideally this location would be downhill from a downspout or paved area or wherever most of your yard s rainwater collects and runs off Stay at least 10 feet from your house and garage to keep water from damaging the foundation Here are some things to do and things to avoid DO Decide whether you want to capture water from your roof and your lawn or just your roof Think about the big picture Where do you want your garden in relation to other landscaping features Should it be visible from inside the house Should it be a focal point or just a detail Check with your municipality concerning any regulations that may apply Check with your local utility companies to identify any possible buried utilities DON T Pick a spot closer than 10 feet from your house Otherwise you ll be drawing water into your basement Start digging where the water always pools after a rain Standing water means poor infiltration Place your garden on top of your septic system Choose a spot under a tree You risk damaging the roots when you dig

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  • Rain Garden Alliance - Soil Evaluation
    tests you can do to find out which kind you have Simple Infiltration Rate Test Dig a hole 18 deep and fill with water Allow water to drain completely from the hole Refill the hole with water a second time Using the following formula to record the results The Infiltration rate i the rate fall of the water in the hole time inches hour Using a ruler measure the rate at which the water drains in inches Divide this number by the amount of time for example 15 minutes 0 25 hours So if your water level drops by 3 inches in the course of one hour i 3 1 3 inches per hour Compare your result to the information below If i 0 5 inches hour then your location will support a straightforward rain garden design If i 0 5 inches hour then a mechanical underdrain and or substantial soil amendment are needed or choose another location for your garden Note If the water takes more than 48 hours to drain from your 18 hole you have very heavy clay We strongly suggest looking for an alternative location for a rain garden A Quick Alternative Test Take a handful of dirt and add a few drops of water After kneading the soil in your fingers roll it into a ball Crush it between your forefinger and thumb squeezing it upward into a ribbon Lay the ribbon over your forefinger until it breaks from its own weight If the ribbon is more than an inch long before it breaks and it feels more smooth than gritty keep looking If all the possible locations for your rain garden feature clayey soil you can create your own suitable soil with a trip to your local garden store or landscape supplier A good

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