I've just moved house and noticed that the main house doesn't have any waterbutts on the downpipes, which is something i want to rectify, but i've never had water butts before. My lawn is 220m2 alone, plus it's alongside oaks and birches, so any watering of the lawn is also going to water those.I've no idea how much water the lawn will need, and therefore the size of the required storage, but can imagine it's not a small amount, so guessing 400-600l may do, but also aware that i'm probably too late to gain a lot this year as the winter and spring showers have been and gone.
I'm gobsmacked at how much a large waterbutt system (over £300) can cost, so looking for alternatives ( combining 5 x 100l slimlines at £25 a pop subsidised by the water company) may be a suitable way to go, and then boxing it over to increase the shade and looks? Wondering if a 1000l container might be a better bet, and would take up most of the patio..., and then being clear would definately need some shading.
Any ideas/suggestions for a water butt newbie?