Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already know a little bit about the benefits of rainwater harvesting. But in case you need a refresher (or you’re just curious), rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. 

If your area gets plenty of rain, it is a great idea to collect the water and store it in underground tanks or rain barrels for irrigation during the dry months. Even if you have no water scarcity or watering restrictions, it is still good to be self-reliant with this essential resource.

Here are 5 reasons why you should start collecting rainwater in your own backyard.

Rainwater is great for your plants

Have you ever noticed how vibrant and green plants look after a rain shower? That’s because rainwater is actually better for your plants than tap water! Studies have shown that plants grown with rainwater are healthier and suffer from fewer pests and diseases than those grown with tap water. 

Rainwater is softer than tap water, which means it contains less minerals. This can be beneficial for plants that are sensitive to mineral build-up, such as ferns or African violets.

Rainwater is also more acidic than tap water, which can help to increase the absorption of nutrients in the soil. This is especially beneficial for plants that prefer acidic conditions, such as azaleas or camellias.

Finally, rainwater is free of chlorine and other chemicals that are added to municipal water supplies. These chemicals can be harmful to delicate plant life, so avoiding them is always a good idea.

Rainwater is free! 

Once you’ve invested in a rain barrel or storage system, the water is free for you to use in your garden. One of the easiest ways to save money on your water bill is to collect rainwater and use it to water your plants. Not only does this help to reduce your overall water usage, but it can also be a great way to provide your plants with a steady supply of fresh water. 

To get started, all you need is a rain barrel or other container to collect the water in. Then, simply set up the barrel under a downspout so that it can collect the water as it runs off your roof. Once you have a full barrel, you can use a hose or bucket to transfer the water to your plants. Just be sure to empty the barrel before the next rainy day so that you can start collecting again!

Rain barrels are an attractive addition to your yard or garden

Most people associate rain barrels with utilitarianism. And while it’s true that rain barrels are an effective way to reduce water waste and save money on your utility bill, that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. In fact, there are now a variety of rain barrels available that are both functional and stylish. 

From classic barrels finished with weather-resistant paint to modern vessels made of recycled plastic, there’s a rain barrel to suit any taste. And because they can be easily incorporated into your existing landscaping, rain barrels can also help improve the curb appeal of your home. So if you’re looking for a way to add both function and style to your outdoor space, consider investing in a rain barrel. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration!

Collecting rainwater helps out during drought conditions. 

Anyone who has ever dealt with a drought knows how quickly plants can suffer when water is scarce. Brown lawns, wilted flowers, and drooping leaves are all too common during summer months. One way to help your plants survive a drought is to collect rainwater. A rain barrel placed beneath a downspout is an easy way to get started. Prepare for the drought ahead of time by collecting rainwater during the rainy season. 

This way, even if there isn’t much rainfall, you can still water your plants and keep them alive. You can then use this water to hand-water your plants or fill up a watering can. 

Rain barrels are easy to set up

Rain barrels are an easy way to collect water from your roof and use it to water your plants. Setting up a rain barrel is one of the easiest ways to save water and money. All you need is a barrel, a downspout, and a few basic tools. You can usually find rain barrels for sale at home improvement stores, or you can repurpose an old trash can or food drum. 

Once you have your barrel, simply place it beneath a downspout on your house or garage. Then, use a drill to make holes in the barrel for attaching the downspout and for draining excess water. That’s it! You’re ready to start collecting rainwater.

Every time it rains, your rain barrel will fill up, providing you with a free source of water for watering your plants or washing your car. And because rainwater is naturally soft, it’s also great for laundry and dishes. 

Setting up a rain barrel is a great way to save water and money, and it’s a fun project for the whole family. So why not give it a try? You might just be surprised by how much you enjoy collecting rainwater.

Try collecting rainwater today!

These are just a few of the many reasons why harvested rainwater is such a valuable resource! If you’re thinking about setting up a system to collect rainfall in your own backyard, there are many ways to do it depending on your needs and preferences. Remember, rain barrels can grow algae and bacteria if you don’t clean them every few months. This also means that the water you collect isn’t potable! Use it around your garden and house but don’t drink the water from your barrels. 

The initial investment to set up a rain barrel or storage system in your garden can be costly; however, the long-term benefits greatly outweigh the costs! Search yardsales, online marketplaces, and thrift stores for discounted vessels to use for your rainwater collection. 

Happy Growing,

Hi There! Susan Here.

(aka the Earthen Mamma)

As a Certified Health Coach, Master Gardener, and Author, my goal is to equip and inspire you to live the healthy and sustainable life you deserve.

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