Woodland Restoration symbol WoodlandIf your site is currently wooded, restoring a mix of healthy woodland vegetation is an effective rainwater management strategy.

Removal of invasive plant species (for example, bush honeysuckle) and long term control of all invasive species is essential in the successful restoration of woodland. Invasive species destroy the native ecosystem and out-compete native plants for nutrients, light and moisture. If these species are not controlled, they will continue to spread rapidly and diminish biodiversity as they overtake the woodland.

Following removal of invasive species, replant with mix of native plant species that is appropriate for your particular woodland (dry, upland woodland versus more moist, low woodland).

For more detailed woodland restoration recommendations and native plant lists see Work Wonders with Woodlands.


What Is Rainscaping?

Rainscaping is any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavement and other activities that manage stormwater as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else. In addition to rain gardens and bioswales, a diverse landscape that includes trees, shrubs, perennials, mulch and amended soils intercepts and disperses rain as it falls, and allows more water absorption into the soil and by plants. Click on each landscape option below to explore the range of rainscaping possibilities:

RainScaping graphic lawn alternatives green roof soil amendments yard management woodland restoration creek corridor vegetative buffer rain garden bioswale rock weirs and sock dams rainwater harvesting permeable pavers