Rainscaping Guide: What Do You Know About Your Site?

Check with your local municipality for landscaping regulations that may apply in your community.

You may want to create a scaled drawing of existing conditions. Mapping the property in a scaled drawing provides key information as to where rainwater management practices can be implemented. In addition, this will help you identify problem areas in the landscape that need to be solved. Then you can create a drawing that incorporates your chosen designs.

Download graph paper to begin making your scaled drawing
Download drawing instructions and an example

Consider including the following in your drawing (click on each topic in the flowchart below to view that section):

What Do You Know About Your Site flowchartIdentify Shade/Sun Patterns

Identify the north-south orientation of the property. Determine and note patterns of sun and shade and the time of day that it occurs. Shade-loving plants need shade from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in mid-summer (June–August) in St. Louis. Keep in mind that the sun/shade areas change with the seasons—in other words, where it is shady in the winter can often be hot and sunny in mid-summer.

Continue on to Understand Your Soil


Link to Identify Problem Areas section Link to Identify Slope and Drainage section Link to Identify Human Use Areas section Link to Identify Existing Vegetation section Link to Identify Shade/Sun Patterns section Link to Understand Your Soil section Link to Is a Rain Garden Right for Your Site section
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The Missouri Botanical Garden Rainscaping Guide is partially funded by the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation and US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G11-NPS-15), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.