Can rain gardens address residential drainage issues?
Rainwater from two adjacent houses run off into my back yard along the perimeter of my fence. Can a rain garden be used to address the drainage issue or is it strictly used to reduce pollution of storm drains?
Rain gardens are a big tool for stormwater management. It's basically just a garden bed of plants that flourish in wet sites. Your situation is perfect for one, and a great opportunity to install some beautiful native water-loving plants that won't happily grow in other sites. They are not rare or hard to find!
Here is our page on starting a rain garden: https://extension.umd.edu/watershed/rain-gardens Be sure to click on the red link to get more detail, including good plants to use.