"Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Some Other Day"
Desert dwellers don't chant that children's rhyme.
We welcome any drop of rain that falls during the Sonoran Desert's two rainy seasons. Summer thunderstorms deliver short bursts of heavy, localized rain. Water quickly runs off rooftops and driveways, often rushing away into storm drains. Winter showers tend to be less intense, with rain falling steadily for longer periods, allowing water time to penetrate the soil.
Capturing and retaining rainwater on-site is called rainwater harvesting. In your home landscaping, it can be as simple as creating a few mounds and depressions to channel water to plants. The Demonstration Garden incorporates a variety of rainwater harvesting methods:
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