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Out in the Garden: How to build a rain garden
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A rain garden is a shallow depression in the landscape that naturally collects rain water.
This week we learn how to build a rain garden with a variety of plants.
Kristin K. Pipkin, with the Austin Watershed Protection Department, explains a rain garden needs to be about four inches lower than the sidewalk in your yard. Choose a variety of plants and trees that will complement the other vegetation in your garden.
You can find suggestions for what to plant in your rain garden in AgriLife Extension’s Native and Adapted Landscape Plant guide.
Watch the video for more on rain gardens.