Gardeners interested in learning more about rainwater harvesting or planning to install a system at their home will find a wealth of information in two web sites for lower south gardeners. Georgia Rainwater Harvesting Guidelines is 70 info-packed pages on the basics of rainwater harvesting. For those wanting much more, this guide includes detailed information on things such as types of roofs, gutters and downspouts, filtering rainwater, storage tanks, and sizing your system. Helpful case studies and numerous charts and diagrams add even more value to this great resource.
Rainwater Harvesting from Texas AgriLife Extension is a wealth of information on all aspects of rainwater harvesting. It covers the topics mentioned above and more, such as rainwater capture systems for wildlife, instructional video clips and links to more great rainwater publications.
Clever Gardening Technique
Areas that tend to stay soggy wet after a storm can become a rain garden. Choose plants such as Louisiana iris that tolerate or even thrive in such conditions. Rain gardens can also be created alongside a driveway or anywhere you can divert runoff. Plants and soil in a rain garden help filter pollutants out of runoff while allowing the water time to slowly soak into the soil.