Rain Barrel

Download (Right Click, Save As...)

If you’re looking for a place to reduce water consumption, then landscaping is probably it. A rain barrel is a great tool to replace that water usage because it allows you to harvest rainfall to water your landscape.

Start with a sturdy 32-gallon plastic garbage can. Drill a hole near the bottom to install a water faucet that you can attach to a garden hose a little bit later. You’ll need rubber washers on the inside and outside to seal it.

Next, cut a hole in the top for water to enter from a downspout. A strainer basket installed here will keep all the unwanted leaves and twigs out. It’s also a good idea to use something like zip ties to seal the lid so that children can’t fall in.

When the barrel is full, hook up the hose, and you’re watering free of charge.


Please Leave a Comment

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at todayshomeowner.com.

Rain Barrel