Column: Combine trees, flower beds to control stormwater runoff

08/5/2013 | York Daily Record (Pa.)

Trees grown together with shrubs and perennial flowers can help capture stormwater runoff in the landscape, writes Diane Oleson, a master gardener at the Penn State York County Cooperative Extension in York County, Pa. With its branches and leaves, a deciduous tree can capture between 500 and 760 gallons of rainwater annually, while a mature evergreen tree can prevent more than 4,000 gallons of runoff per year. This type of traditional garden can be an alternative when rain gardens are not feasible, Oleson notes.

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