Georgians can now benefit from a free Rain Garden smartphone app that features plants, sizing and soils information for 13 states. UGA Marine Extension EcoScapes manager Keren Giovengo collaborated with a team from the University of Connecticut that expanded the tool to help promote sustainable landscaping.

 

In addition to the numerous nationwide tools, the app features:

  • Georgia plant selector tool with a Georgia rain garden native plant database developed by the UGA EcoScapes Program to select regionally appropriate native plants suited to the user’s location;
  • Georgia soil drainage maps to determine if a rain garden’s placement is appropriate based on soil type;
  • Google Maps-based sizing tool to measure and determine rain garden size based on the size of the area draining to the location;
  • Georgia “Call Before You Dig” contact; and
  • Integration of Georgia stormwater standards to determine the appropriate size of the rain garden.