Looking for a rain barrel or compost bin? A Preorder Sale will not be held during 2019, however, we have a limited number available in our office, County Administration Building, 107 N. Kent St., Suite 200, second floor. Discounted barrels sell for $60 and compost bins for $50. Inventory will be sold on a first come, first-served basis. No reservations, please.
Why Install a Rain Barrel?
- Grow green! Your plants will love it! Rainwater has no added chemicals, is usually soft and free of dissolved minerals. Water that is "softened" with chemicals is bad for plants due to salts that are dissolved in the water.
- Conserve water. Drought or no drought, we should all conserve water. Our groundwater and fresh water supplies are limited.
- Reduce runoff and pollution. If your roof's area is 1,200 square feet (30 x 40 feet), then 1 inch of rain equals more than 700 gallons! Find out how much your roof can save at www.save-the-rain.com. You can harvest this rainwater which otherwise would be lost to runoff. To harvest even more rainwater, you can connect several barrels in a series and have hundreds of gallons of water capacity.
- It's easy being green. Water from rain barrels is easily accessible for various garden chores. (Also, if you depend on electricity to run your well pump, this water is handy during power outages.)
- Save green! If you are on municipal water, why pay to water your gardens when you can collect hundreds of gallons at no cost?
- Rain barrels can be constructed not only from food grade barrels, but also from sturdy trash cans. Read more in Building a Rain Barrel from a Plastic Trash Can
Rather than "feed" a landfill, wouldn't you rather feed your lawn and garden? By composting your yard waste and kitchen scraps, you reduce the amount of waste headed for the local landfill and produce a rich, dark soil amendment as an added bonus. It's nature's way of recycling and doesn't require a lot of time or specialized tools. All the supplies you need to get started are already in your yard. Remember, any time of year is a great time to start your own backyard program.
- Improves structure, texture and aeration of soil.
- Contains nutrients and trace elements essential to plant growth.
- Adds beneficial organisms to the soil.
- Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and mulches — saves money.
- Reduces the need for watering your garden.
- Reduces by up to 30 percent the material sent to landfills!
Conserve, Protect Our Water, and Save Money
Green Scaping is a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn while protecting the environment and saving money. Learn how to spend less time working on your lawn, invest less in water and chemicals and reduce yard waste.
Did you know that we use up to 80 gallons of water each day inside our homes? Don't Be A Drip. Save A Drop.