Conservation Notes: Last chance to order rain barrels and compost bins

The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District and the Chisago County Environmental Services and Zoning are partnering with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to offer affordable rain barrels and compost bins to residents of Chisago County.

Rain barrels are a great way to reduce the amount of runoff leaving your yard, which helps reduce erosion and improves water quality in local lakes and rivers.

Rain barrels should be placed beneath a gutter downspout to capture rain water coming off your roof.  The water can be used to water flower gardens or landscaping in your yard.

Choose from a white Systern 55 gallon rain barrel or a brown Raincatcher 54 gallon rain barrel, each for $69 plus tax.  Both barrels come with a screen top to prevent leaves and mosquitoes from entering the rain barrel, an overflow hose, and a faucet hook up for your hose.

Compost bins help you save money on trash disposal, reduce the amount of waste you create in the kitchen and outdoors, and converts that waste into a usable soil amendment.  Use the compost to reduce your fertilizer needs and to mulch around new plants.  The Earth Machine composter is black and holds 80 gallons.  It includes a lid and harvest door at the base of the composter.

Instructions on how to compost will be provided when you purchase the $55 (plus tax) Earth Machine.

Stop by the Chisago County courthouse lobby to see examples of the rain barrels and compost bins.  To order your rain barrel or compost bin, go online to www.chisagoswcd.org and follow the link or go to www.recycleminnesota.org to order directly.

Payment in the form of a credit card will be required at the time of purchase.  Orders will be accepted until product runs out.  Your order will be available to pick up May 19 at the Chisago County Highway Garage.

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