Mis­takes to Avoid

Modern Pioneer - - [springs Eternal] -

Mak­ing a rain-bar­rel wa­ter catch­ment and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem is easy, but there are some things you must avoid.

Square bar­rels, be­cause the pres­sure of 50-plus gal­lons of wa­ter can cause leaks at the cor­ners

Spig­ots not sized for gar­den hoses

Lo­ca­tions lower than your gar­den that won’t al­low grav­ity to feed the wa­ter where you need it

Low-priced kits, which of­ten have cheap com­po­nents that can fail shortly af­ter in­stal­la­tion, or might not work with the other com­po­nents.

Bar­rels too small for the rain­fall in your area

Not pro­vid­ing for over­flow when the bar­rel gets full or when it’s rain­ing heav­ily

Al­low­ing de­bris to build up in the bar­rel and in­side the hose af­ter each grow­ing sea­son

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