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Scott is a landscape designer who's philosophy has always centered around living closer to nature. Since 2000, his designs have reflected this and increasingly he has become obsessed with designing creative ways to save water in landscapes. As a designer, the focus of enhancing both form and function have led to this inevitable conclusion: something has to be done to make water conservation more attractive. That something, he believes, is integrating its storage into every possible landscape element, and that is what he is doing at Second Rain.

Best Rain Barrel Options and Alternatives

By |2017-04-06T17:26:07+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Design, for the garden, not a rain barrel, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

Before we dive right into all the options for rain barrels and their alternatives, it's worth asking a couple questions, like Climate wha? Whether you know for sure climate change is a thing or not, extreme weather patterns seem to be getting more severe. Even if that isn’t happening, more human development means more stormwater [...]

The Beautiful, Low Maintenance Landscape

By |2017-05-12T02:41:24+00:00March 16th, 2017|Creative, Design, design ideas, for the garden, raindom, sustainable design|

Beautiful doesn't have to mean high maintenance.Think of the number one goal you have for your outdoor living space. I'm willing to bet at least one of the top 5 is low maintenance. If you're like me, you just don’t have the time to do everything on your ‘to do’ list. Sometimes necessary things like keeping your landscape [...]

Rainwater Harvesting on the Front Porch

By |2017-03-16T19:07:15+00:00March 12th, 2017|Creative, Design, how-to, rain harvesting examples, sustainable design|

This is not a rain barrel. It's not just a comfortable bench, either. It is part of a new breed of low maintenance landscape design elements with the specific intent of taking care of the landscape surrounding it, so you can sit back and enjoy it more. So go ahead, take a [...]

A pre-built DIY?

By |2017-02-25T23:30:45+00:00February 25th, 2017|Creative, Design, for the garden, how-to, not a rain barrel, raindom, sustainable design|

"DIY" means different things to different people. I consider myself an avid DIYer (growing up in farm country, I learned basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical and welding from my dad), and nowadays you can find out how to do just about anything from one Google search and a Youtube video. However, there are limitations to how [...]

Where is the Water Going?

By |2017-02-25T18:19:33+00:00February 25th, 2017|raindom, sustainable design|

Water shortages? Of course. But hey it's no big deal... We know there is a finite amount of water on this planet, only a small % of which is accessible to us, about 2.5 million trillion gallons according to USGS and 8020.com. But the exact number isn't the point. It's all relative. [...]

How Much Rainwater Should You Save?

By |2017-02-20T17:57:58+00:00February 17th, 2017|Design, how-to, not a rain barrel, sustainable design, Uncategorized|

And how much water should you use? Funny you ask, because I was about to holler out a big "Thank You!" across the rolling hills to you... But now I can save my lungs, and my neighbors' confusion. No really, you deserve a pat on the back. According to the most recent USGS report [...]

Tossed in jail for that third rain barrel?

By |2017-02-16T15:15:55+00:00February 16th, 2017|for the garden, how-to, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

Hey, Way to go, Colorado! First, I have to say that I'm sure there are those with the best of intentions behind the water laws of the west, and that probably even more good intentions went into the "legalizing of rain barrels" in Colorado. Well, sort of. I don't get political, and I'm not trying [...]