Water is a precious resource, and whether or not your community has water restrictions, it’s wise to make your garden water-efficient.
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The easiest and most common method homeowners can use to collect rainwater is to install a basic rain barrel, which is a container stationed along the side of your house that collects run-off from your home’s gutter system. This very simple process merely directs the downspout running down the side of your house into a barrel (most commonly sized between 30-60 gallons) with a spigot at the bottom that can be attached to a hose or fill a watering can.
The following tips provide a general strategy for managing stormwater runoff and making sure that less of the water needed by your landscape ends up in storm drains.