University of Maryland Extension

Need a Rain Garden? There’s an App for That!

Rain Garden Clean Up
Working hard to implement a rain garden in Columbia, MD.
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Amanda Rockler

Have you ever thought about putting in a rain garden but worried the process was too complicated? Do your clients need help but don’t know where to turn? Now there’s a great solution – the Regional Rain Garden app! Designed by the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) at UCONN and brought to Maryland by the Sea Grant Extension Watershed Team, this free app walks users through the process of learning about, designing, planting, and maintaining a rain garden. Video tutorials demonstrate each of the steps involved in creating a rain garden. A sizing calculator, soils map, and cost calculator help users decide where to put the rain garden and how much it might cost to do the installation. The native plant guide is customized for your state (selected in Settings or when you first download the app), and allows you to choose plants based on the desired plant type, bloom color, and the sun availability in your yard.

And, most importantly, the maintenance section depicts how to do proper maintenance and even has an option to set reminders for yourself. The app does everything but get out there and build the garden for you! The Regional Rain Garden app is free and available for both Android and iOS products. Visit extension.umd.edu/watershed and click on “Regional Rain Garden App” for download instructions. Happy rain gardening!

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