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A bioswale is essentially a ditch with plants in it that is designed to capture and use as much water as possible. At Rancho Verde the two bioswales that surround the Christy Webber Landscapes yard are planted with trees, prairie seed mixes, and a few water loving plants. The bioswale captures water from the surrounding pads and roadways and holds it for use by the plants or for evaporation by the sun. If more water collects that can be used by those sources the additional water is piped to the Central Rain Garden.