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April Showers can benefit your garden for the summer.

April showers are a matter of fact this month.

Interestingly, one of the major causes of the often

heavy downpours is the position of the jet stream

during the month. While we have had more than our

fair share of rain already this year, it doesn’t seem

likely to ease just yet.

Now the risk of frost has lessened, spring is the best

time to start setting your garden up for the rest of the

year. Looking forward to summer, and the likelihood of

a drier season as our climate changes, collecting

rainwater is vital for the health of your garden in

warmer periods. It also saves your pocket from hefty

water bills in a desperate attempt to quench its thirst.

If every household in England collected just one water

butt’s worth of water a year - equating to 160 litres

– this would collectively save four billion litres of fresh

tap water every year. Gardens prefer rainwater

anyway, as that’s what they’re used to.

Compared to a hose pipe or sprinkler which can use

up to 1,000 litres of water an hour and cost around

£1.50, using a watering can costs an equivalent of

50p per hour. Rainwater is free and it will cost a mere

one off £50-60 to install a water butt. Finally, our

wet British weather can be counted as a blessing!

Not only is rainwater ideal for watering the garden,

but a water butt can also relieve strain from your

downpipes during heavy downpours and reduce

overflowing drains. If you don’t have a suitable

downpipe, you can easily install one. A simple and

effectively free method that will save you

hundreds of pounds on your annual water bill.

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