Algreen Products Cascata Rain Barrel 65-Gallon, Terra Cotta
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- Elegant design with authentic pottery like texture
- Made from roto-molded plastic that wont chip, crack or fade and BPA free
- Comes with a high-quality brass spigot, corrosion-proof screen and bottom fitting attachment which allows for access to 100% of water in unit
- Dual water overflows allow for water to sufficiently escape rain barrel when full and allow option for linking multiple rain barrels with Algreen's linking kit
- Crown planter with double-wall for durability
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|Item Dimensions||46 x 24 x 24 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||81001|
|Shipping Weight||22.4 pounds|
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|Color||Terra Cotta||Textured Terra Cotta||White||Sandalwood||Terra Cotta||Brown with Black (Brownstone)|
|Item Dimensions||24 x 24 x 46 in||23 x 23 x 47 in||8 x 10 x 8 in||26 x 46 x 26 in||23 x 23 x 33 in||24 x 24 x 49 in|
Algreen combines the timeless esthetics of pottery with the enduring longevity of modern plastics. The Cascata complements any outdoor space with its elegant and functional design along with integrated planter. All Algreen rain barrels are equipped with two overflows to allow for linking multiple barrels or installing the rain barrel with an Algreen Deluxe Diverter Kit. Collect water for your grass and flower gardens as well as water for washing your car. This rain barrel is compatible with the Algreen Rain Barrel pump kit for pressurized watering to your garden. Made in Canada.
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The most common knock on the Algreen Cascata barrels is the accessories. I can see why some are quick to dismiss the included hose as cheap. It will probably need replacing after a year or two of full outdoor weather in all the seasons, but it's sufficient from the start. The spigot is fine as well. And as long as you use the included plumber's tape to wrap the fittings before installing them (which I did), I don't see where you'd have problems with leaks. I'll have to see what issues come up with mosquitoes, but I've tried to reduce the possibility by adding a custom cap piece to the opening on the top. I purchased the RainReserve Diverter (Rainreserve Rain Barrel Basic Rain Diverter (Barrel not included)) and installed it instead of just making my downspout curve to the barrel. I did this so I can just disconnect the barrel in the winter rather than having to reset the downspout each season. It may end up being a moot point. But I cut a hole in the custom cap just big enough for the tubing from the diverter. It's not a sealed system by any means, but there are no large openings/gaps.
The diverter I'm using is supposed to backfill to the downspout when the barrel is full, but that will only work with a sealed/enclosed system (like a 55 gal drum). So I'm using the overflow port on the rain barrel. I tied it back into the downspout using tubing for a sump pump from Home Depot. Finding the tubing for the overflow was the most difficult part of getting this all set up. I couldn't find 1.5-inch tubing in landscape water/pond/fountain supplies or in landscape irrigation supplies at Home Depot or Lowe's. But the sump pump tubing works excellent. I have included a couple pictures of my set up to help illustrate these points. For a stand I'm using square landscape stones under the barrel surrounded by four retaining wall stones. I leveled out the ground under the stones first and put a base of loose paver gravel/stones. I filled in between the stones with sand and used self-leveling sealant between the stones. Probably a little more than what is needed for a stand, but I didn't want to have to change anything after installing it.
I haven't used the planter yet and don't know if I will or not. I haven't drilled holes in the top either, like it says in the instructions that come with the barrel (several reviews said they had to figure it out after it rained, but it's there in the manual if you read it).
1. Beauty. Drop dead gorgeous.
2. Strength. Planter is double lined. Body is strong and should hold up fine.
3. Easy assembly. You'll need one slotted screwdriver.
4. The planter at the top. This is great with fuschia, for example.
5. Will hold 65 gallons. This is 10 gal. more than my other barrels.
1. Drain hose is cheap; it crimps. Replace this with a decent hose.
2. Does not come with an overflow hose. You'll have to get a pool overflow hose at Home Depot or Lowes, plus a hose clamp, if you don't want it to overflow on its own foundation, causing major problem.
3. Planter is great to have, but it could be deeper. You'll need to line it with moss, or else hole drill for drainage.
4. This is not the type of barrel you'd want to string together with other barrels, probably, but if you did want to, you couldn't unless you mounted one barrel lower than the first one.
Overall: I'd buy another one in a second it they were available. This is the best looking barrel out there for the front of your home. True terra-cotta color. The company is Canadian, and the quality is quite high. I love mine.
It feels wrong to have to pay so much for water bills, so I always wanted to harvest my own rainwater. So I finally bought a few of these Cascada rain barrells, and got both sizes for different areas of the yard. I was having new gutters and downspouts installed anyway, so that contractor did the installation. There's a video on YouTube that shows how to do the installation yourself.
Watering gardens during the blazing hot summer months with these barrels is simpler and cheaper. I believe the rainwater is healthier for plants, too. You don't get much water pressure from them, it is not the same as a regular hose. A soaker hose works well. You'd likely want some sort of attachmnet hose anyway since the one that comes with it is so short, maybe 6 feet. I've seen an attachment here on amazon to increase water pressure that is solar-powered. Interesting gadget, but unless your rain barrell is placed where it gets full sun all day, I wouldn't bother.
The tops have a hollowed out place for planting, however using that for live plants is kind of a myth. The reason for that is that there's no drainage hole, and you wouldn't want one anyway because then dirt would get inside the barrell. So live plants would have their roots drowned and die.
Instead I put some fake plants in there, easy to find at Hobby Lobby or similar store. A mix of tall and trailing plants looks best, like maybe a spider plant surrounded by trailing ivy. This looks great, however it does still fill with water after a rain and is difficult to empty.
I live in an area with cold winters, so I empty the barrells completely around November so water would not freeze inside. This is recommended, however the barrels are quite durable and there's no need to move them or store them inside. In springtime I just reconnected the hoses and they worked again like a charm.
Install them raised up off the ground a bit since gravity is important for drainage from the spout. I used some of those round concrete stepping stones from a landscaping supply store for this. They're attractive and inexpensive. One barrel was was blown over one day in a storm, doubt this would have happened had it been full. The barrell itself was not damaged but the spout was knocked off. Best not at ground level but also not too high unless you can somehow brace it from being knocked over in high wind - maybe about 4-6 inches is best.
One caution: Watch out for overflow. Since the rainbarrell sits right up against your home, not a good idea to have it flooding on your foundation if there's a torrential rain. To prevent that, we installed diverters onto the downspouts. Once installed, they will divert the flow once the barrell is filled over to the normal downspout sewer drainage. See the link below for that item.
Rainreserve 2012309 Rain Barrel Basic Rain Diverter (Barrel Not Included)