We are huge fans of rainwater harvesting using a rain barrel system. You might have seen our previous post rooting for the rain barrel with a shiny infographic. It is such a simple system for collecting greywater (untreated freshwater suitable for the garden).
Just because you won’t be drinking it, doesn’t mean you want it contaminated with debris however. Varieties of pine needles are known to have a high level of acidity. This acid level drops as the pine needles break down, but since this decomposition takes place very slowly, you will want to keep the debris to a minimum.
Since rain barrels tend to be neglected during the rainy season, we thought it might be a good idea to show you how to keep your rain barrel system clean until the next dry period.
Alu-Rex gutter guards: No one loves a good gutter guard as much as us, so we take every chance we get to shout the praises of this incredible system. These patented eavestrough covers are perfect for keeping the debris out of your gutters all year long. Not only do they effectively keep leaves and needles out of your gutters, but the perfect perforations will allow your gutters to handle any amount of rain or snow!
For those without the Alu-Rex leafguard system, a funnel and clean-out system can still be used to catch debris before it reaches your rain barrel. The funnel is exactly what it sounds like – A V-shaped attachment at the top of your downspout. Any debris that flows into the downspout will then be caught in a filter, which is known as a cleanout box.
The clean-out box has an easy access hinge that allows you to check the filter for clogging debris on a regular basis.
Click here for more information on the downspout filter.
With the right care and attention, you will have a healthy greywater supplement for watering your lawn and garden in the spring. Your neighbors will be so envious.
Do you have a rain barrel system for your garden? Send us some pictures! We’d love to post them, and get more people interested in the practice of collecting their own rainwater.