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Bargain Prices on Rain Barrels and Compost Bins

By Joel Sundeen

Did you know that the average suburban home uses at least 40% of its water on lawns, gardens, and flowers? This can add up to big bucks! Rain barrels can help to reduce water consumption and associated utility bills. An average home has a 1,200 square-foot roof feeding gutters that run into four downspouts. With that amount of square footage, a rainfall of 0.3 inches can easily fill 55-gallon rain barrels positioned under each downspout. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Regional Stormwater Protection Team thinks that it makes dollars and sense to catch rain.

On Saturday, May 19, they're hosting their annual rain barrel and compost bin sale. The sale will be held at Lake Superior College, located at 2101 Trinity Road Duluth, Minn., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a first come first serve sale—when the bins and barrels are gone, they're gone.

The "Systern" rain barrel has a holding capacity of 55 gallons of water. It comes with mosquito mesh to keep insects and leaves out. It also accommodates existing downspouts and can be linked with other Systern rain barrels and accessories. On Saturday, these $120 barrels will be on sale for only $50 (including tax)!

"Earth Machines" are do-it-yourself composters. Applying the compost that you make from your Earth Machine to your lawn and garden should encourage greener grass, bigger flowers, and heartier vegetables. By purchasing an Earth Machine you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, reduce garbage output by 30%, reduce your outdoor water bill by 30%, as well as improving your soil's water retention. An Earth Machine usually costs $100, but they'll be $40 (including tax) for those showing up at Lake Superior College on Saturday!

Purchase your newest garden aide with a credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover Card) or by check payment. For more information about the sale, call the WLSSD at (218) 722-0761 or visit online at http://wlssd.com.

Posted on May 16, 2012

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