12 Killer Water Saving Tips For Your Garden
12 Killer Water Saving Tips For Your Garden
It has been estimated that more than half of the water used outdoors is consumed during gardening-related activities. Having a green lawn is the dream of every house owner, but carelessly spraying water with your old hose will lead to inflated water bills and is not environmentally friendly, either.
The experts at Tree Essence have gathered for you the most efficient water saving tips in order to keep your water consumption levels down and to help you enjoy a wonderful sustainable garden at the same time.
- Save and reuse water as much as possible
Some sources of water you may be neglecting are rainwater, cooking water (it contains nutrients which act as fertilisers on your plants), fish tank water and compost systems that keep the soil moist.
- Prevent water evaporation by using mulch
Materials such as bark, compost, or decaying leaves or grass spread around plants insulate the soil and prevent water evaporation during hot days. Coarser mulch such as bark chips is more effective, as it filters water, it allows drainage and it doesn’t clump. Another advantage of mulching is keeping weeds down.
- Cultivate plants that need little water
Avoid thirsty plants such as species with broad leaves, fast growing species, and plants with high fertiliser needs. Instead, opt for native plants and succulents, which are much wiser choices if you want to minimize water consumption levels.
- Avoid overwatering
Aside from increasing your water bill, this gardening mistake has several other negative consequences: loss of oxygen in the soil, causing plant roots to rot and encouraging high water use plants that become water dependent and need constant irrigation.
- Use the right type of hose
Usual garden hoses are generally a bad idea as lots of water is wasted through evaporation and mist. Better options are sprinkler wands and soaker hoses.
- Water plants in the early morning or late evening
When you water plants in the hottest time of the day, evaporation causes massive water loss. At the same time, avoid watering on a windy day, when much water is lost to mist or evaporation.
- Use the right watering techniques
Common tips for your garden are telling you to water your plants every day, but contrary to what one would expect, it is better to water your garden plentifully every few days than watering little and often. The explanation is simple: a daily water sprinkle will cause plants to develop roots near the soil’s surface and will make them more vulnerable to drought, as water doesn’t penetrate deep into the ground.
- Adjust the cutting level of your lawn mower
Longer cuts allow grass to survive dry weather; the cuttings can be used as mulch around trees.
- Check the weather forecast
This is probably the most obvious of all water saving tips. Have you ever watered your garden just to have it rain immediately after? If rain is forecast, don’t water your garden and turn off automatic sprinklers.
- Choose a smart garden design
Some measures that will help you save water are including some tall species that provide shade, grouping plants by water needs, using terraces and diversion drains to direct water as needed, building mounds around trees, selecting smaller plants, and removing unhealthy plants or weeds that consume precious resources.
- Be careful with pruning
Pruning or removing unnecessary branches and leaves should lower the plant’s water requirements, but it may also promote new growth which causes higher water needs, so use this technique wisely!
- Consider the climate in your area
Verdant lawns with rich grass are attractive but difficult and expensive to maintain in dry regions. Opt for native plants that are accustomed to the climate in the area where you live and have reasonable water demands.
These water saving tips are extremely handy and easy to apply by everyone interested in saving water resources and cutting down on water bill expenses. The best tips for your garden take into account multiple aspects, including design, climate, gardening techniques, recycling wastewater and choosing the right species of plants, and they all need to focus on protecting the environment and on the most efficient water saving methods.
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