So what is a rain barrel?
- A rain barrel is just a container used to collect and store rainwater from downspouts and rooftops for future use in the lawn or garden. Tom connected the rain barrel to our rain chain that allowed us to eliminate the ugly aluminum downspout. So the water trickles out of the rain chain into the rain barrel.
- Many, if not most hold about 50 gallons of water and have a screen grate that keeps out bugs, leaves, and other debris so that the water coming out is clear in appearance. You can see this black rectangular screen just below.
Why get a rain barrel?
2.) Your plants, trees, shrubs and grass actually prefer rain water and will thank you. It's chemical-free water that doesn't contain chlorine or fluoride like most municipal water normally does. Rain is naturally soft and water collected from the roofs of houses picks up very little contamination. Plants thrive on this water!
3.) You'll save money. It's true. You'll lower your water bills which makes a rain barrel a great way to save some serious cash in the long-term. Last year, it cost us over $100 just to fill up our blow up pool. Imagine how much we spend on watering our gardens and landscape during a hot summer? In fact, it's estimated that 40% of household water is used for the lawn and garden during the summer months.
4.) Using a rain barrel is a great way to decrease your household's impact on local waterways and to become a good water steward. When excess water falls on impervious surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, and even compacted soil it tends to collect and transport pesticides, pet waste, fertilizers, oil, salt, grease, and litter among other offenders to local creeks, streams and rivers. This water never received any treatment at the local sewage plant so it's super polluted. Bad. Bad for plants, fish and wildlife.
What's so great about the Good Ideas 65 gallon rain barrel?
- The planter on top. I love this feature. It just makes the product seem so... "not a hunk of plastic in my yard" but a real focal point instead. The flowers look stunning and it's self-draining. The unique watering system leeches excess water from the barrel itself.
- The aesthetics of the product ~ it has some graceful embellishments to make it blend next to your home. You have many colors to choose from.
- The product also features a built-in overflow channel on the rim which diverts overflowing water to the front and away from the barrel and home foundation.
- Made out of the industry's strongest UV-resistant polyethylene resin that is FDA approved, we expect many years usage out of this product. Tom an I were considering making a rain barrel out of an old oak wine barrel but ditched that idea in favor of plastic. Wood has a tendency to mold, harbor mildew and even rust on certain parts. Yuck. We envisioned the wood getting pretty smelly too after a time and were avoiding that. Plastic makes perfect!
- 65 gallons is a lot of water. So even if it rains a few days in a row, the barrel still contains all that water until we're ready to use it.
- I can fill a bucket of water using the brass spigot or I can hook the spigot up to a hose and distribute the water that way. I will say that I wish the spigot was a tad bit higher on the barrel so that I could more easily fit a bucket underneath.
- Flat back allows you to prop the barrel right up to your house creating a seamless look. (shown below)
Two last thoughts....
- I can't believe how much pleasure and ownership my little 4-year-old takes with this rain barrel. Esther loves to be assigned small chores that she can handle on her own. Filling up a watering can and watering a few plants gives her such joy. Or being able to fill a bucket from the barrel to wash the car, pure bliss!
- If you're looking to buy this product, there are lots of cheaper places to purchase, make sure you do your research before making a final decision!
One 65 Gallon Rain Wizard Urn & planter from Good Ideas valued at $200.
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