Rain Barrels are GardenWise

Today’s Green Living tip falls into the Water Conservation category… recycle water by adding a rain barrel!  Adding a rain barrel to your landscape is a pretty simple project that can be completed in a single day.  Did you know a typical 1/2″ rain storm will fill a 50 gallon rain barrel, while a 1″ rainstorm produces 1/2 gallon of water per square foot of roof area?  That’s a lot of water to recycle,  and lot less water you’ll be paying for from you local water authority.     

Rain Barrels come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and the uses are limitless — you can attach a standard garden hose to your barrel, or you can attach a soaker hose.  You can also use your rainwater in your watering cans for your containers and pots.   Because we love added bonuses here at GardenWise — here’s a good one:  rain barrels reduce the amount of water around the foundations of your home. 

A company I just started to work with, Gutter Supply,  has a lot of options to choose from that will allow you to imagine how nicely you can incorporate a rain barrel into your landscape design. 

 

Water, Water, Everywhere: Recycle Water in the Garden

Green Living Tips – Rain Barrels!

Landscape Architects have been on the cutting edge of combining sustainable and green trends with land use planning for decades.  Now there are numerous  affordable green garden steps  you  can take in your own garden spaces that will greatly impact our environment.  Today  our Green Living tip falls into the Water Conservation category;  recycle water  by adding a rain barrel!  

Rain barrels come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and the uses are limitless — you can attach a standard garden hose to your barrel, or you can attach a soaker hose.  You can also use your rainwater in your watering cans for your containers and pots.   Because we love added bonuses here at GardenWise — here’s a good one: rain barrels  reduce the amount of water around the foundations of your home! 
 
Adding a rain barrell to your landscape is a pretty simple project that can be completed in a single day.  Did you know a typical 1/2″ rain storm will fill a 50 gallon rain barrel, while a 1″ rainstorm produces 1/2 gallon of water per square foot of roof area?  That’s a whole lot of water to recycle,  and a lot less water you’ll be paying for from you local water authority.    There are many rain barrel options to be found at garden centers an online.  A company I work with, Gutter Supply,  has a lot of options to choose from that will allow you to  seamlessly incorporate a rain barrel into your  landscape design.  If you think it’ s unsightly to have a barrel in your landscape, keep in mind it’s pretty easy to design a hidden area for your barrell, such as this bamboo structure in a garden corner. 

Water, Water (Not) Everywhere

Water Conservation Tips for Every Garden

As we start the fall season, water conservation is something many of us have to consider as we maintain our garden spaces.  Here are some ideas that can greatly reduce your water usage and help you get the biggest bang for your water buck.

Less Lawn.  I’ve been giving this advice for years now, reduce your lawn by half!  The average American uses over 200 gallons per day when watering their lawn areas. Consider replacing some of that grass with an attractive groundcover which is drought resistant, covers a large area, and requires no mowing. Do you have grass between stone pavers?  Consider replacing that grass with an attractive and drought resistant groundcover as well. Sweet William has the added bonus of being a fragrant ground, providing an added bonus to any garden space.  

Super Soak. Up to a third of all water from irrigation systems can evaporate during the heat of the day. Instead, give your plants fewer, heavy soakings.  If your   watering routine includes using the sprinklers, as mine does, consider using them only in the morning. 

Recycling Water.  Recapturing Grey/Rain Water Provides a Free Source of Garden water.  These systems can be easily installed and  incorporated into irrigation systems.

Drip irrigation.  Soaker hoses are easy to install systems that water plants right at the root and serve as an efficient alternate to sprinkler systems. It’s an afternoon project you can do yourself; be sure to get a timer for maximum effectiveness.

Get your Green On with GardenWise

Green Living Tips – Rain Barrels!

On Tuesday we wrote about reducing your lawn areas by half, and yesterday we blogged about the importance of adding trees to a garden space.  

Today our Green Living tip falls into the Water Conservation category… recycle water by adding a rain barrel!  Adding a rain barrell to your landscape is a pretty simple project that can be completed in a single day.  Did you know a typical 1/2″ rain storm will fill a 50 gallon rain barrel, while a 1″ rainstorm produces 1/2 gallon of water per square foot of roof area?  That’s a lot of water to recycle,  and lot less water you’ll be paying for from you local water authority.     

Rain Barrels come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and the uses are limitless — you can attach a standard garden hose to your barrel, or you can attach a soaker hose.  You can also use your rainwater in your watering cans for your containers and pots.   Because we love added bonuses here at GardenWise — here’s a good one:  rain barrels reduce the amount of water around the foundations of your home. 

A company I just started to work with, Gutter Supply,  has a lot of options to choose from that will allow you to imagine how nicely you can incorporate a rain barrel into your landscape design.