Summertime is king when it comes to tending a home garden. Gardens, of course, need plenty of water, but you don’t want to run your water bill through the roof while taking care of thirsty flowers. A great way to cut back on water usage during the warmer months is to use rain barrels.
Whether you want to purchase a rain barrel or build your own, adding one of these contraptions to your home landscaping regimen will help you conserve water and lessen your impact on the environment.
Here are just a few benefits of using a rain barrel at your home:
More Gentle: Because rainwater isn’t treated with chlorine and other chemicals that make tap water safe for human consumption, it’s ideal for watering seedlings and newly budding flowers.
Free Water: It should go without saying that when you collect rainwater or snow melt-off, you don’t have to pay for it. This water can be used in the garden, to clean windows, wash the car, or to dump over your head on a sweltering day.
Supremely Beneficial: Using rainwater for most outdoor tasks isn’t just beneficial for your wallet, it’s good for everyone. When you use less tap water, it lessens the strain on the local water supply, which can be very helpful in times of drought. It’s also great for the environment, and if society ever crumbles, you’ll have your own water supply saved up.
There are, however, a couple of caveats that should be taken into consideration when using rain barrels. Since the water is untreated and hasn’t been filtered in any way, you shouldn’t drink it.
Mosquitoes also love to lay their eggs in stagnant water, and since your rain barrel won’t be moving much, it will look like prime real estate to a mosquito. Be sure to have your barrel properly sealed to avoid spreading mosquito larvae around your yard.
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