Rainwater helping plants, local landscapes thrive naturally

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After recent downpours, local landscapes are getting a natural boost.

“No watering needed for the week of June 23 – 29,” a Facebook post by Lawn Whisperer stated earlier this week.

Marshall Sypulski, assistant manager of Calloway’s on Hulen Street, said the nursery received several inches of rain Wednesday. And while wind knocked over some of the plants, the rain didn’t affect them much.

“We water twice a day anyway,” he said.

Syplulski said the rain would affect gardens and most landscapes, however, and trees would benefit the most.

“Things always look fresher,” he said. “Everything would be a lot happier.”

Plants like to be watered naturally, Sypulski said.

“It’s [rainwater] always best just because it’s not chlorinated,” he said. “A lot of plants respond to that better than they do tap water.”

Sypulski said the store quit selling rain barrels at its location because there wasn’t a large market for them.

The City of Fort Worth along with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, however, currently have 50-gallon rain barrels on sale.

The barrels, which normally sell for $129, can now be purchased for $75 until 11 a.m. September 7, according to BRIT’s website. Pickup for the barrels will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on September 13 in the BRIT parking lot at 1700 University Drive.

Chris Chilton, marketing director for BRIT, said rainwater gushing from rain spouts during recent downpours would have filled the 50-gallon barrels quickly.

"I bet it would have filled a barrel within 20 or 30 minutes," he said.

For more information or to purchase a rain barrel, visit http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/britfortworth.

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