Open all spigots and drain any water from inside the barrel. Water left inside the barrel during the winter can freeze and cause the rain barrel to crack (pictured below). The hoses should also be removed and stored inside to prevent cracking. If possible, store the barrel in yrou garage, shed, or home during winter months to protect it from damage.
If the barrel must be stored outside, turn the barrel upside down to prevent any water from accumulating in the barrel. You may also want to cover the barrel with a tarp to protect it from the elements.
Replace the original piece of downspout or use a flexible extension to direct any water now coming through the downspout away from the house and its foundation.
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Trek 2: Henry Botanic Gardens and Wilderness Hosted by: Henry Foundation for Botanical Research Saturday, January 27th 10:00 a.m. Walk the rugged hillside and venture down through fields into the woods of the Henry Botanic Garden. You may hear winter songbirds and red-trailed hawks responding to the intrusion on their normally quiet grounds. Look for flowering and fragrant winter witch hazel and perhaps even spot a fox or two! Wear appropriate hiking gear for rough, rocky, hilly and sometimes slippery terrain. Walking sticks are recommended. Parking is limited, so if you need a space, please call the Foundation at (610) 525-2037 to reserve a spot. Meet in the circle outside the main Henry house. Check this page for inclement weather updates or call the Henry Foundation at (610) 525-2037. Register Read descriptions for all of the Winter Treks here.
Trek 2: Riverbend Ramble Hosted by: Riverbend Environmental Education Center Saturday, February 3rd 10:00 a.m. A Riverbend naturalist will lead a hike through their Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area, past a restored forest area where over 1,000 trees have been planted in the past three years and to the site of their Aquaponics Greenhouse. Along the way, learn more about Riverbend’s programs and upcoming projects while enjoying the field, forest and stream ecosystems on their grounds. Since 1974, Riverbend has been connecting children to the natural world through meaningful nature and science experiences. Each year, more than 10,000 children participate in Riverbend’s education programs both on their 30-acre preserve and at schools and natural areas in the region. Meet at the Riverbend Barn at the end of Spring Mill Road. Check this page for inclement weather updates or call Riverbend at (610) 527-5234 ext.108. Register Read descriptions for all of the Winter Treks here.
Trek 4: Hike the Rolling Hills Hosted by: The Lower Merion Conservancy Saturday, February 10th 10:00 a.m. Moderately steep trails lead hikers downhill to an old ghost road and along a creekside path past towering stone ruins. Then, head back up to see the meadows and woods surrounding the Conservancy’s historic Cottage. Explore 250 years of Main Line human and natural history on this crisp morning trek through one of our area’s most loved parks. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and meet in the public parking lot in Rolling Hill Park. Check this page for inclement weather updates or call the Conservancy at (610) 645-9030. Register Read descriptions for all of the Winter Treks here.
Trek 5: A Divine Saunter Hosted by: Peace Mission Saturday, February 17th 10:00 a.m. Join Peace Mission on a stroll across the rolling hills surrounding Woodmont, the 1892 mansion of steel magnate Alan Wood, Jr. and the home of Peace Mission Inc. The building is a certified National Historic Landmark and member of the Conservancy’s Architectural Hall of Fame. Located at a high elevation near the Schuylkill River, this historic property provides provides participants with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Enter Peace Mission via the gate on Gingko Lane. Refreshments will be served in the Visitor’s Center at the conclusion of the walk. Check this page for inclement weather updates or email Peace Mission at email@example.com. Register Read descriptions for all of the Winter Treks here.