5 fabulous aspects of the Nantucket Rain Saver!
2.) The intake opening that is fitted with a mesh screen to minimize mosquito infestations, other bugs and debris falling inside. (Not to mention keeping rodents out!) It's also easy to clean.
3.) The 4-inch flower planter on top is more than just eye candy, it makes this product both child and pest-resistant! Just be careful to choose plants that don't require much depth. And speaking of looks, the textured wicker finish is chic and trendy for your landscape.
4.) Diverter channel keeps foundations dry.
5.) It comes with not one.......roll drum please....but two spigots. Best. Feature. Ever. The lower rust-resistant brass spigot can be used to connect to a hose or drip irrigation system while the higher one is spot-on for using in conjunction with a bucket or watering can.
Why you need a rain barrel.
- You will cut back on water usage for your lawn and garden by collecting runoff during rainstorms. And if you live in a part of the country where you experience drought among other water restrictions ~ you need a rain barrel to get you through the tough times!
- 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 house roofs pick up very little contamination. Plants thrive on this water!
- 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.
- 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.
How-to install a rain barrel
2.) Connect your spigot near the bottom of the barrel. This allows you to eventually drain all the water out of the barrel being so low. In the case of the Nantucket, it actually has two as shown just above. The bottom for the hose and/or drip lines and the higher one for filling watering cans and buckets.
3.) Cut the downspout to length with a hacksaw or adjust the rings on your rain chain to the appropriate height. Attach the cover to the top of the rain barrel. (The cover of the Nantucket is already installed.) Some systems include a cover with a porous wire mesh like the Nantucket, to which the downspout delivers water. We had to stabilize our rain chain with a few rocks to keep the rainwater flowing into the barrel instead of splashing out the sides.
4.) If your barrel includes a cover with a sealed connection, link the downspout elbow to the rain barrel with a length of flexible downspout extension attached to the elbow and the barrel cover.
Variation: If your barrel comes with a downspout adapter, cut away a segment of downspout and insert the adapter so it diverts water into the barrel.
5.) Connect your hose or drip irrigation tube to the bottom spigot. A Y-fitting will let you feed the drip irrigation system through a garden hose with the rain barrel is empty. Just disconnect the drip irrigation tube and reconnect to the hose.
- Collecting rainwater in barrels and tubs is the easiest and simplest way to begin using rainwater right now. Keep in mind, if you use a tub or open receptacle, use the water within 24-hours of collection. Open-water storage containers are a mosquito and mold magnet!
- As a reference point, a 60-gallon rain barrel full of water weighs about 450 pounds! Makes you want to just double check that "flat space" prior to installation. It's nice to elevate the barrel so that the spigot can better accommodate the hose, drip line or watering can. The platform can be block, brick, wood, or concrete as long as it can support the weight.
One Impressions 50 Gallon Nantucket Rain Saver from Good Ideas valued at $160.
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