Having a rain barrel in your backyard is a great way to keep your garden green while still being eco-friendly. If a rain barrel install is on your summer to-do list, follow these easy steps to get the job done right.
I ordered my rain barrel from Amazon, and it came with a few pieces that needed to be put together after it arrived. Install the spigot to the front of your rain barrel by wrapping a bit of plumbing tape around the thread of the spigot, then screw it into the front of the barrel.
In order to get enough water pressure for the water to make its way down the hose, you will want to elevate your rain barrel. Elevating it 2- to 3-feet high is a good place to start. I used 4 layers of landscaping brick to get my rain barrel up off the ground.
You will need to modify your downspout to connect it to the rain barrel. Use a hacksaw to cut the downspout a few feet above the top of the rain barrel.
Use a piece of flexible downspout tubing to direct the water from the metal downspout to the top of the rain barrel.
A rain barrel doesn't have to be totally utilitarian. Make it pretty by adding some flowers to the top. Many rain barrels have a designated spot for planting flowers. If yours doesn't, just set a pretty pot of flowers on top of the rain barrel.
Once everything is all set up, all you have to do is wait for a good rainfall, and you'll be able to keep your garden green all summer long.
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