Rain gardens can prevent basement flooding by using native plants to infiltrate rainwater where it falls.
Do you have a wet basement, water that pools on your property, or a winter skating rink that results from downspout water rushing down your driveway? With a little effort, you can put that water to work and create a very attractive landscape feature! A rain garden is a vegetated depression specially designed to capture and use rain and snowmelt, collectively known as storm water. (2012) By the Prairie Rivers Network.
Rain Gardens for Illinois