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.
- App updated to work with iOS11
- New state plant information added
- Bug/UI improvements
Ratings and Reviews
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.
Gives the novice great advice. Nice that my state (Minnesota) was added.
In planting, here we mulch before planting to minimize compaction, rather that after planting as stated in the app.
Crashed when I was looking for plants by State location. Live in Colorado.
Needs some kind of serious update. Crashed twice soon as I had installed it. Looks to have great potential if the fatal flaw of crashing was fixed. I have deleted this app. Hope you fix soon. Rain Gardens are needed badly for water management
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.