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Unmanaged stormwater runoff can cause problems with erosion and moisture control in the landscape. Identify the flow patterns in your yard by going outside when it rains, and plan to install a rain garden to receive water runoff from a roof, driveway or lawn. The term rain garden is a misnomer, since a properly designed rain garden will be dry more often than wet. A rain garden is a depressed area that works with nature to collect, infiltrate, and filter runoff. The first step to determine if a rain garden will work in your yard is to perform a percolation test. Dig a hole at least 6 inches deep by 6 inches wide and fill with water; if the water drains in less than 24 hours you may have an ideal spot for a rain garden. Always make sure to dial #811 before you dig in order to avoid disturbing underground lines. Visit clemson.edu/raingarden to learn more about rain gardens.