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Rain gardens benefit everyone

Mixing perennials with grasses, wildflowers beneficial for all plants

4:31 PM, May 4, 2013
Combining moisture-loving perennials, such as these Siberian Iris, with native wildflowers and grasses, is key to creating a beautiful and beneficial rain garden to help conserve water and protect streams, rivers and waterways.
Combining moisture-loving perennials, such as these Siberian Iris, with native wildflowers and grasses, is key to creating a beautiful and beneficial rain garden to help conserve water and protect streams, rivers and waterways.
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They are popping up everywhere, from backyards to businesses, schools to churches. They are colorful, beautiful and vibrant. They also serve a vital purpose as attention turns again to the health and cleanliness of our local waterways. They are rain gardens.

Many gardeners have heard the term "rain garden" but are still not familiar with the usefulness and benefits these easy-to-create gardens provide. Not only are rain gardens beneficial to the property owner, but to our natural streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands as well.

Chad Casper, with the Winnebago County Land and Water ...

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