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Green roofs and rain gardens
Yard Talk - dirt simple tips for natural yard care

Episode 12: "Green roofs and rain gardens"

Green roof at Woodland Park Zoo
The Woodland Park Zoo's green roof looks natural while slowing stormwater and helping protect local streams.

Filming Yard Talk on a green roof
A green roof is not only better for Puget Sound, it can be a great place to socialize (or film).

Example rain garden
Planting your rain garden provides a healthy opportunity to work with friends, family and neighbors.

Rain garden manual
This Rain Garden Manual will walk you through the planning and building of a rain garden step by step.

How to reduce your impact on Puget Sound

  • When building driveways or sidewalks, choose materials that allow rainfall to soak into the ground such as pavers or permeable pavement.
  • Direct water running off your roof and paved areas into a rain garden. These gardens look fantastic and do an excellent job of cleaning stormwater.
  • Before building or remodeling, check and see if a green roof may be right for your plans.
  • If you are buying a home, look for a four star or five star Built Green certified home.
  • If you are building a home, keep the footprint as small as possible.
  • Shrink your lawn with a native plant landscape.

Greg's tips & tricks

Build a rain garden

Show resources

Woodland Park Zoo *

Taylor Associates *

Seattle Public Utilities High Point Project *

Rural Stewardship Plans

King County Built Green

Rain Garden Handbook *

*External link.

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