Rain Garden 4+

University of Connecticut

Designed for iPhone

    • 2.5 • 12 Ratings
    • Free

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- App updated to work with iOS11
- New state plant information added
- Bug/UI improvements

Rain gardens are depressions in the ground that collect rainwater from roofs, driveways, parking areas, or other hard surfaces, reducing the amount of polluted runoff entering local waterways. The University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research developed this App as a resource for homeowners, landscapers, contractors, and others.

The App will guide you through the process of designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden.
The App includes basic information about what rain gardens are and how they work; guidance on how to design and install them properly; and tips on maintaining your garden. The app includes several short video tutorials to help users with each step of the process.

Through the App’s Plant Selector tool users can select native, noninvasive plants and their cultivars that are known to work well in rain gardens. Plants can be selected based on plant type, sun exposure, and bloom color.

There are also tools for determining rain garden size based on the size of the area draining to it, a soil drainage map to help determine if a rain garden makes sense in a particular area, and a simple cost calculator to gauge cost.

Users can also store information in the App about the Rain Gardens they have installed and set maintenance reminders for multiple gardens.

It is currently geared primarily toward users in CT, so the plant catalog and mapping tools are specific to that area. However, the general information and tips are applicable anywhere. We hope to have a nationally applicable version available soon.

The Center for Land Use Education and Research is a partnership between the Departments of Extension and Natural Resources and Environment in UConn’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Connecticut Sea Grant Program.

What’s New

Version 4.0.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- App updated to work with iOS11
- New state plant information added
- Bug/UI improvements

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Ceilacanth ,

Intuitive app for beginners and experienced gardeners

Simple and unintimidating, but detailed plant descriptions and landscape design explanations help anyone plan their rain garden! I have extensive gardening experience and an academic background in horticulture, and I can confirm the excellent advice and plant choices for at least my region (CT and MA). This app not only recommends which plants to get for your area, but also how many you need, which part of the garden they belong in, and instructions for putting them in ground.

Lilypads33 ,

Doesn’t work

Have been trying to use this for several days, hoping it would work. The only thing that works is informational bits to read. The tools will not work. You get an error message that it failed and cannot connect to server. I tried going to app support but it seems their website is outdated and giving similar error messages.

OnlyDavid ,

Doesn’t function

The mapping functions don’t work and it freezes and crashes all the time.

This hasn’t been tended to in four years and it needs a lot of work.

What does function (in between freezes and crashes) is the static info, but I can get that on a webpage.

App Privacy

The developer, University of Connecticut, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.

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