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How To Choose A Rain Barrel For Your Backyard

By Kristin Hunt

Gardeners need all kinds of tools to keep their plants alive. Shears, shovels, hoses, and so much more. If you’re a gardener who’s passionate about conservation, there’s another accessory you should add to your collection: rain barrels.

Rain barrels reduce the water usage in your home by collecting stormwater that runs off the roof. That water can then be used to irrigate the flowers sprouting in your backyard, or even the ferns in your living room. But there are a few things you should know before you haul one home. Green Matters tested a couple models and researched water collection laws to bring you a beginner’s guide to rain barrels. Let’s start with assembly.

Putting it all together: