13 November 2010|
Using a rain barrel is an easy way to retain the rain's water for your garden's needs. It can really be interesting for those who plant vegetables, or just cultivate flowers and plants...
How to set up your rain barrel:in order to get enough pressure for the water collected to flow easily from the spout, raise your rain barrel so that it is higher than your lawn.You can use old bricks, concrete blocks or even wooden slabs. Just remember, the support has to be able to support the weight of the rain barrel when full
How to Winterize Your Rain Barrel:To prolong the life of your rain barrel, it is necessary to winterize it. If water remains in the rain barrel during the cold winter, it will freeze, expand, and crack the rain barrel.
3 Easy Steps to Winterize
- Disconnect the downspout from the rain barrel, and re-connect a downspout extension to the main downspout to funnel water away from the foundation of the house;
- Empty the rain barrel;
- Flip the rain barrel upside-down and store it outside, or, if you have room, move the rain barrel into your garage or basement.
Making your own rain barrel:
There are many web pages with instructions on how to make your own rain barrel. Just remember, that mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so always make sure that you have a screen on the barrel to keep out mosquitoes.