Left neglected, a rain barrel is the ideal environment to attract and breed any number of nasty things. For the most part, all it takes is simply keeping an eye on the system and cleaning it as needed. If you have specific instructions from the manufacturer, follow those, of course. Otherwise, use these all-purpose maintenance and cleaning tips applicable to most rain barrel installations.
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Stormwater is essentially water that falls during a rain or snowstorm. You may be wondering what precipitation has to do with making your garden eco-friendly and how you can possibly be responsible for an act of nature. However, the current problems of stormwater runoff are entirely human-created, and the way you design your garden can influence what happens to rain that falls on your property.
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People often want a water feature as part of their garden design, but have no idea what plants can be used to create a pleasing design. In nature, the plants that are found in bogs, ponds, or wetlands also work well as part of a garden water feature. When possible, it is best to use native plants from your region. What plants grow in the ponds and wetlands in
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