Consider a rain garden to reduce watering needs in your yard and replenish groundwater. A rain garden is lower than the surrounding landscape, allowing rain to soak into the soil. This filters out pollutants and keeps runoff out of city storm sewers.
Viewer Tip: The ideal spot if you want the most plant choices is a sunny or partially shady, flat or very gently sloping area located some distance from underground utilities and your home. The area should drain well. Heavy clay soils require a larger rain garden and sandy soils require a smaller one. Dig out six inches for a level area and loosen up the next 3. Add compost-enhanced soil and drought-tolerant native plants that can stay wet for few days. Mulch and water until plants establish.
Learn more about native plant choices in the Native Plant Database, which provides options for areas nationwide.
This information is provided by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Learn more at www.wildflower.org.
Damaging thunderstorms will target an area that has been hit by heavy rain and rising floodwaters in recent days into Saturday night.
Following a storm that brought snow Thursday night, another snowstorm will threaten travelers across the Upper Midwest through Saturday night.
Both short-term and long-term flooding will continue over a large part of the central United States as more rain falls and runoff continues through next week.
While strong winds and cold dominated weather headlines at PyeongChang, South Korea, during this Winter Olympics, snow is expected during the final day of competition.
The "Beast from the East" will not only bring unusual late-February cold to the United Kingdom next week, but also several opportunities for disruptive snow.
Some of the same communities being threatened by severe weather this weekend may face more violent thunderstorms and flooding as February comes to a close.
A storm sweeping through the northeastern United States will bring snow and ice to parts of New England as heavy rain elevates the risk of flooding farther south.
As the start of the Major League Baseball regular season approaches, teams have headed to Florida and Arizona for spring training.