Are you considering Rain Barrels: DIY or Buy for your home?
We bought our rain barrels but you can DIY rain barrels relatively easy also. I’m sharing both options with you to help you decide.
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Option 1: Buy
We purchased our rain barrels a few years ago. We live in a rural area and have well water rather than city water so water conservation is an important factor to us. Our rain barrels are great for those hot dry days in summer when our shrubs and flowers are in need of watering.
The photo above is one of our rain barrels during a heavy rain. The barrel is already full so the rain splashes off the top. This would happen with any rain barrel without an overflow hose, and possibly with one in especially heavy rainfall. Notice the base which is actually made of concrete and wood. A good sturdy base is important.
We selected attractive rain barrels with a place on top for plants. It is a good idea in theory but when the barrel gets full and the rain doesn’t stop, the plants suffer from too much water as you can see from the look of these pansies. It’s not a deal breaker though. I just haven’t planted flowers on top of the rain barrel anymore.
We are very happy with the use and function of our rain barrels. We placed one in the front of the house and one in the back which so far has been sufficient for us. We do not use a pumping system for ours relying instead on the natural flow thus the need to create a tall sturdy base.
Option 2: DIY
Bonnie at Our Secondhand House has a very easy to follow DIY tutorial for the above rain barrel. She includes step by step photo’s and a full list of supplies needed. They added an overflow hose at the top of the rain barrel which is nice. Go HERE for the full tutorial.
Whether you Buy or DIY, here are a three important factors to consider before installing a rain barrel.
Three Important Factors
Consider your location carefully. You will want your rain barrel located in a place which provides ease of harvest in relation to what you will be watering. Will you be filling containers and hauling the water to various locations across the yard?
How will you be collecting the rain into the barrel? Downspouts are the most ideal method but you could also use a rain chain.
The base for your rain barrel needs to be very sturdy to support the weight of a full rain barrel. It also needs to be a good height to allow the rain water to flow out with ease if you are not using a pumping system. Do you want to fill a watering can from the spigot? If so, your rain barrel base will need to be high enough to sit the can under the spout.
Would you DIY or Buy?
We paid about $80 each for our rain barrels a few years ago. There are lots of rain barrels on Amazon with a wide price range. We see rain barrels at Sam’s Club this time of year as well. If you are a DIY’er, you could quite likely save about half the cost by making your own. Would you DIY or Buy?