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Maintaining Your Rain Garden You can do better than this! Rain Garden Maintenance All gardens need some maintenance Rain Gardens are no exception! Rain Garden Maintenance Water my rain garden? Right after planting First growing season During droughts later Rain Garden Maintenance

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rain garden maintenance
Rain Garden Maintenance
  • All gardens need some maintenance
  • Rain Gardens are no exception!
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Rain Garden Maintenance

Water my rain garden?

  • Right after planting
  • First growing season
  • During droughts later
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Rain Garden Maintenance

Mulching:

  • Add mulch annually
  • Take care not to bury plants
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Rain Garden Maintenance

Mulching:

  • Prevents hardpan
  • Soaks up pollution
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Rain Garden Maintenance
  • Weeding until vegetation becomes established
  • Identify weeds carefully in spring – new good plants may come up also!
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2003

Rain Garden Maintenance

  • Prune annually
  • Or, choose the natural look!
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Rain Garden Maintenance
  • Frequently inspect for and remove debris and trash
  • Remove pet waste
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Rain Garden Maintenance
  • Replant vegetation as needed
  • Monitor plant health, especially right after planting
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+ 4 Hours

+18 Hours

Do I need to treat for mosquitoes?

do i need to fertilize
Do I need to fertilize?
  • Free annual soil testing at NCDA!!
  • Runoff is usually nitrogen-rich
  • Remember…we’re trying to remove chemicals from the water

Photo courtesy of Maryland DNR

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How can I find out more about Rain Gardens?
  • See your Extension Agent!
  • On-line handbooks, photos, planting plans:
    • Wilmington, NC
    • University of Wisconsin Extension
    • Maplewood, MN