A rainwater collection tank can see you through long, dry summers, slash your water bill and help to make your garden more eco-friendly. Those are well known advantages, but not many people are aware of the fact that rainwater is actually far better for plants than water that comes from taps and hoses.
Installing a rainwater harvesting tank will free you from hosepipe bans, reduce your costs and help your garden to grow strong and green.
Rainwater is chemical free
The water that comes from your taps contains salts, minerals and chemicals that have been added to improve your health. Unfortunately, what’s good for humans isn’t always good for plants. These compounds will build up over time and make it tough for plants to thrive. Those with long, thin leaves are most at risk. Plants are unlikely to die, but they won’t be receiving the best possible water source – rainwater.
Rainwater is acidic
Every gardener knows that the majority of plants prefer to grow in soil that is kept in pH levels of around 5.5 to 6.5. Unlike water that comes from hoses and taps, rainwater is naturally acidic. This means that you’ll be able to maintain a perfect pH level in your soil without having to buy any additional products. You won’t even need to spend extra time in the garden; you can simply water as normal from your new rainwater harvesting tank.
Rainwater contains organic compounds
The water collected within your harvesting tank will be clean and clear. However, the most important organic matter will be retained. This is fantastic news for your plants, given that contact with leaves, droppings and pollen creates naturally fertilized water, while whatever comes from your house will have been stripped of these valuable materials. You can fertilise while you water, with a rainwater harvesting tank.
It’s clear that not all water sources are equal when it comes to the life of your plants. Be sure your garden enjoys the very best by talking to Tuffa about a rainwater tank. We supply a range of models, varying between 1350L and 20500L in capacity, so we’re confident that we have the right one for you.