Washington State University recently released a video about rain gardens, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
While normally I’m of the opinion that less is more when it comes to video length on the YouTube, this 32-minute video about rain gardens is fantastic. In my opinion, it accomplishes two goals – which for those without 32 minutes to spare on a video will help you narrow in what half to watch.
First, the video provides great information and background on what rain gardens are, how they work and why they’re an important part of managing polluted runoff, recharging ground water and protecting area waterbodies. For those DIY’ers, the second part of the video gives a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to put a rain garden in at your house. If you own a house you already know how valuable YouTube is for house projects, and this video is up there with one of the best “how-tos” I’ve ever seen.
Most important though is the message of the video and the whole point of why it was made – managing polluted runoff is a challenging issue, but there are many creative solutions out there.
Building a Rain Garden: Keeping Our Pacific Northwest Waters Clean.
In this 32-minute video, you’ll learn the important steps to follow to site, design, construct, and maintain a beautiful landscape feature that captures and filters polluted runoff, helps prevent flooding, recharges our groundwater aquifers, and creates habitat for birds and butterflies. This video complements the WSU and OSU handbooks on creating rain gardens, expands on some of the ideas in those books, and includes helpful resources for homeowners.