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.
Following a quiet start to the week, damp and unsettled weather that swept back into the Pacific Northwest at midweek will stick around through the weekend.
While some locations will take days to have power restored and weeks to rebuild all the damage, another storm will target the British Isles with wind and rain later this week.
Lighting can make the difference between an average image and a breathtaking and eye-catching photo.
The stretch of sunny, mild weather enveloping the northeastern United States will come to end early next week as rain and much cooler air returns.
Experts won’t make specific predictions about the upcoming influenza season because the severity of the season varies from year to year, but they do suggest flu shots and simple, preventative measures to keep illness at bay.
Winter will start with a bang across parts of northern and western Europe as frequent storms bring disruptive rain and wind.
One of the best meteor showers of the fall will peak on Friday night with over a dozen meteors streaking across the night sky every hour.
A monsoon low moving northward from the Bay of Bengal this week will pose potential impacts to eastern India, Bangladesh and western Myanmar.