Advice for a Rain Garden in your Yard

How We Help

Don Schwartz 2014 3The Office of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner and staff work with several homeowners each year to design and install rain gardens on their property. Our office offers a personalized visit and design advice - the homeowner builds the rain garden. 

The result is residents all over the county are happy with their new gardens, and the Huron River receives less fertilizers, chemicals and other harmful runoff. The rain gardens planted through this program are capable of capturing 60,000 gallons of water -  an inch of rainfall.

Program Information

Our program will assist by providing one-on-one assistance in creating your garden. We provide full design services by an experienced landscape architect who will meet with you individually to develop your garden. These meetings have proven valuable in designing the size and shape of gardens to suit each individual circumstance, and creating a planting scheme compatible with your visual preference and use of the surrounding space.

The labor and material costs (plants, mulch, and topsoil) are the property owner’s obligation.

Typically, these costs are about $2 to $3 per square foot (SF). Gardens can be as little as 70 SF and as much as 400 SF for a residence. The gardens involve some digging, so if you choose to hire someone else to do the work, the costs are higher.

Just to make clear the expectations from the beginning. Drain Office staff time and the landscape architect costs are covered by the County. The Drain Office will order the plants from the nursery for you. All other costs (including plants) and labor are up to you.

Contact Susan Bryan to set up a time for us to visit your yard and talk rain gardens. 734-222-6860.