Assess your site


  • Take a look at your property and find out from where your source of water will be coming (a downspout, driveway, patio, or sidewalk).
  • Your rain garden should be close to this source of runoff, but at least 10-20 feet from the foundation of your home.
  • Be conscious of any trees on your site – we don’t want to disturb an already established root system.
  • Call OUPS before you dig – (800)362-2764 – to avoid underground utilities.
  • Consider an overflow – perhaps you will direct any overflow back into the downspout that is connected to the street.
  • Also consider your mowing habits and how wide your mower is, especially if you usually hire someone to do the work. Be sure there is enough room for a mower to pass through whatever other landscaping is already in place next to your garden.