The Benefits of Rainwater for Gardens

For those of us with green thumbs, finding the best materials and tools to tend to our gardens can be a high priority. While the top fertilizers, seeds and weeding strategies can be debating at length, it is also critical to recognize the importance of quality water when considering how to care for your garden.

It may be simplest to set a timer and let your sprinkler system do the rest, but there are a number of benefits to maximizing your use of rainwater in growing your garden.When captured before it hits the ground, rainwater is free of the pesticides, pollutants and chemicals it often gathers when running across streets, sidewalks and lawns.Rainwater, which is naturally acid, can balance out the alkaline nature of soils near chemically basic concrete. Rainwater also has the benefit of being a similar temperature as the air, and does not shock plants’ roots like tap water does. Overall, rainwater is a healthier option for plants.

Making sure your plants are predominantly watered by rain can require some advance planning, especially in places with dry seasons. Plant lovers can ensure that their gardens have the best, most natural water source by using a rain barrel. Rain barrels provide a free source of water that is ideal for vegetables, trees, and plants because it does not contain fluoride and chlorine, which are added to many municipal water systems. They enable residents to collect water through the rainy season for use during dry summer months. When outdoor water restrictions are in place, water from a rain barrel can be used to wash vehicles or water lawns. Residents can also use the water to clean floors and do laundry, and having a source of stored water can be beneficial if an emergency ever arises.

EnvironFocus Incorporated has recently launched a rain barrel sale to raise funds for Safe Drinking Water Project; with a recognition of the need for and the value of rain barrels in maintaining the health of our home gardens and the environment.

Local residents can keep their gardens healthy and well-nourished by ordering a rain barrel in advance of June 13, 2019 distribution date. Orders can be placed at www.rainbarrel.ca/EnvironFocus. Rainwater can help reduce the pollution and balance the pH in your plants’ soil, and prevent damage caused by cold water. If you are committed to ensuring your lawn or garden is as healthy as it can be, use more rainwater in your gardening.

About RainBarrel.ca – RainBarrel.ca reclaims food grade barrels and repurposes them as rain barrels. Once used to transport fruits and vegetables, they now offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. Partnering with various non-profit organizations, RainBarrel.ca helps stage truckload fundraisers in communities across Canada with new communities added each week. For more information, please contact Larry Pomerantz at Larry@RainBarrel.ca, 905-545-5577, or visit www.RainBarrel.ca.

About EnvironFocus incorporated – EnvironFocus™ is a sustainability consulting firm with a social enterprise outlook. Their goal is to create sustainable communities. Their focus is on Africa because most African countries lack the institutional capacity to provide adequate social services for their people and prioritize economic development over environmental and climate change challenges. Without international assistance, they may not withstand effects of climate change, and quick action is needed.

For more information contact Obie Agusiegbe at obie.agusiegbe@environfocus.com or 6475017741

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