Low-cost rain barrels, trees available for purchase

This spring, the Washington Conservation District is selling low-cost rain barrels, as well as bundles of bare-root trees and shrubs for habitat and conservation plantings. 

Rain barrels are a simple and inexpensive way to capture rainwater that would otherwise go to waste. A typical barrel holds 55-65 gallons of rainwater, enough to collect runoff from 350 square feet of rooftop during a inch rainfall. This water can be used to water your lawn or gardens during dry weeks and if you place rain barrels under several of your home’s downspouts, you can significantly reduce the amount of stormwater that runs off into streets and streams.

This spring, the Washington Conservation District is selling pre-assembled rain barrels for $68. The AmeriBarrel comes in moss green or brown plastic with a flat back, removable top, and a brass spigot for easy hose attachment. 

The barrels hold 55 gallons of water and come preassembled along with a kit and instructions for connecting them to rooftop downspouts. The district is also taking orders for conifers, hardwood trees and shrubs, which come in bundles of 25 for $33.50.

A special bird package is also available for $50 that includes five each of bur oak, white oak, black cherry, white pine, chokecherry and wild plum, all of which are known to provide habitat for birds. This is the last year that the Conservation District will be selling trees; order soon while supplies last.

Rain barrels and trees must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. Pick-up is on Friday, April 26 from 12-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. Download an order form at www.mnwcd.org or call 651-275-1136.  

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