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Dry Creek Bed

The Dry Creek Bed is characteristic of seasonal streams found throughout Central Texas. This type of garden is also often called a ‘rain garden’.

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When we have a rain event, water runoff will flow and soak into this low depression alongside the Administration building.

Rain gardens absorb and filter storm water runoff from impervious structures such as roofs and paved areas. This helps prevent flash flooding, erosion of soils, and contaminants from polluting our aquifer.

Not all plant species will tolerate the seasonal floods and droughts that occur in this garden. The native plantings of bushy bluestem, bush palmetto and bald cypress thrive in this environment. By surveying your site before you plant, you can optimize and use its natural conditions to your advantage.

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