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Old 06-07-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Are water barrels allowed in PSL? I use them here to catch rain water and then use it to water my garden/lawn and they help to keep my water bill down. I am amazed how fast I can empty a 50 gallon drum.

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Old 06-07-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Sure, why wouldn't they be?
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Glad to know it is ok, I have read generally that some areas are concerned with appearances and disalloy parking a pickup truck in your driveway; perhaps this is only in certain communities. I like the idea of saving water and nice looking vegetation and would be disappointed if for some zoning reason I could not install a rain water collection system. I would paint the barrels to match the house and my neighbors would not see them as readily. Most barrels are food grade plastic and Krylon makes some spray paint for plastic that is supposed to stick. We have had a very dry spring here in New Orleans and I just heard that 80% of the state is experiencing drought conditions, it was 90% last year. Rain barrels can help a little but one 50 gal barrel does not do much. I know because I have one in the front of the house and one at the rear and I could use four at each end of the house.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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What you can do is put up a shield around your AC unit and then in back of it install a downspout on your gutter system and run it to the barrel. This way no one can see it. If you put it in the back of the house no one can say a word.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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I guess you need something to prevent mosquito nesting in your water barrels.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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Sid the only place u mght have a problem with is IF you get a townhome and the HOA doesnt allow.. Most of the time you just need to get ARC(arcitectual review committee ) approval before doing things like that
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Water barrels

Yes, vinyl window screen screwed onto the hole for the downspout. I am using a 8 inch kitchen strainer but it is not fine enough. I will be replacing with window screen with sheet metal screws and washers. It is raining now in New Orleans and the pesky winged monkeys from the Wicked Witch are biting and even get in the house and bite you. I met a lady that told me about a mosquito catcher using propane gas but when she said it cost $130.00 I went numb and did not hear the rest of her conversation.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Smoke really fat and offensive cigars. Those do the trick. In PSL they spray in the summer months so usually they are not a problem. If you use bug spray on your lawn you will control the noseems.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Mosquitoes

Is there a safe effective way to spray your landscape to kill mosquitoes. Do the electronic bug zappers work? hand foggers? I have seen here some propane handheld foggers but they are pricey and wonder if anyone can say that they work. I know the rule of standing water but at times they seem to come out of nowhere.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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There is an article in the tcpalm newspaper today about painted rain barrels. Tcpalm.com.
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