With the rainfall that comes down off of your roof, you have a natural resource that can be used advantageously in your homes landscape.
You can harvest it in a decorative rain barrel to be recycled in your lawn, add water features to enhance your landscape, or go a step further and replace the downspouts with rain chains. There are many ways you can turn, what many consider to be unsightly, into beautiful additions to the exterior of your home.
Nourishing Your Lawn and Garden
Your lawn and garden will thrive with natural rainwater as opposed to the chlorinated water that comes out of your garden hose. You can add a rain barrel to the bottom of a downspout to collect rainwater and with the use of soaker hoses or black drip-irrigation piping, transfer that water to your gardens. A rain barrel does not have to be an unattractive, big plastic tub. There are dozens of different designs and materials used including attractive ceramic clay. You can even utilize the top end and add some decorative flowers or shrubbery to enhance the natural feel. Ask your gutter company to show you the options available and how to install the hoses to give you maximum use of the collected rain water.
Creating a Pond
You can also create a pond close to the downspout and utilize the water coming down off of the roof to replenish it. The most common and attractive way to do this is to run a gentle slope of sand, gravel, and large rocks from the downspout to the pond. This will create a gorgeous waterfall effect while still protecting the foundation of your own. Ponds come in a variety of shapes and sizes so it will be easy to find one that perfectly suits the feel you want in your landscape. Surround it with plants and flowers and place a bench close by so that you and anyone else can sit and enjoy its calming nature.
Using Rain Chains
A rain chain is an alternative to using a standard gutter spout and can add aesthetic appeal to the outside of your home. Originally used in Japan for hundreds of years, they have only recently gained popularity in the United States. A rain chain collects the water from your gutter and gently allows it to fall to the ground using either a line of links or cups. The link design will splash more, while the more modern cup designs collect the water and then funnel it down to the next cup until they reach the end. You can then use the above mentioned rain barrel or pond to solidify the look of an all natural landscape.
By using your imagination and stepping away from the norm, you have the ability to turn your typical suburban yard into a botanical paradise. Finding ways to utilize a natural resource to achieve that will not only enhance the beauty of your landscape, it will save you money on your water bill. Talk to Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 about other ways you can put your downspouts to practical and beautiful use.
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