NOAA has created a free iPhone app to help people create Rain Gardens. The mobile tool is meant to guide users on how to create gardens that curtail runoff of pollutants, prevent erosion and provide wildlife habitat. The app includes tutorials on how to select native plants and choose a proper garden site. Soil drainage maps and a searchable plant database are included in the free app, located in the Apple store.
For now, the Rain Garden app is programed for New England, but plans are in the works to expand, creating a national database, including an app for Android. You can learn more about planting a Rain Garden by clicking the link below.
KGW Meteorologist, Rod Hill