Location Tips

Location Tips


  • Plant at least 10’ from a foundation to prevent basement flooding
  • Avoid planting on top of or too close to underground utilities – call before you dig!
  • Avoid planting close to large trees to prevent root damage.
  • Choose a site near an impervious surface or next to a building to catch its runoff -- lead a downspout to the garden or use a rain barrel.
  • Plant at the bottom of a slope if possible
  • Be aware of microclimate – is the location on a sunny south-facing slope or in shade most of the day?
  • Never plant a rain garden over a septic system, and keep rain gardens at least ten feet from the septic system’s drainage field.

Diagram of location recomendations