Contrary to popular belief it is possible to have a beautiful colourful garden without using vast amounts of water and by taking on board the Water Wisely tips below you will at the very least, use far less water. Water conservation is important for gardeners.
Always water your garden in the cool of the early morning or evening to avoid the loss of water through evaporation.
During spells of dry weather do not cut your grass too short as it can survive long periods of dry weather if allowed to grow a little longer, the reason is, more sun cover over the roots and surrounding area thereby helping to reduce evaporation.
By watering your plants too often you encourage their roots to remain shallow, thereby weakening the plant. If you are careful and observant you can water when they show signs of wilting. Don’t forget though that plants such as lettuce, where the leaves are the crop, should never go short of water.
Collect rainwater in water butts from
Use a watering can instead of a hose.
If you use a
Plant more flowers and shrubs that tolerate or thrive in hot and dry conditions.
Mulch when possible with wood chips, bark or gravel and help to prevent water evaporation from the soil, especially around your plants and shrubs.
After planting your newly acquired Tree or Shrub, mulch the soil with two to three inches of your chosen mulch medium. Consider things like straw and old carpet if it can be used. If you can, mulch during the wetter cooler months.
The best time to plant is in spring or autumn when the ground is more likely to be moist. Water should always be applied at the base of the plant. Just spraying over the plant is water wasted and can cause damage such as leaf scorch in hot sunny conditions.
Place a dish or saucer under your containers, tubs
Hanging baskets and Patio Pots are beautiful but they do require a lot of water. Use water gel storing crystals when and wherever you can.
Watering cans used without a sprinkle rose fitted tend to use much more water, meaning not only more water is required but also more fetching and carrying for you. Water with the rose on. Might take a little longer but you will save water and fetch less.
It is true that most established lawns, trees and shrubs don’t need watering as often as many think.
During hot dry spells always check the weather forecast to see if any rain is on the way. You don’t want to water then find out… ‘it’s raining’.
Preparing and cultivating the soil in autumn or winter reduces excessive moisture loss compared to cultivating and preparing in the summer.
Where possible or if it is available digging in organic matter such as well-rotted garden compost aids in moisture retention.
Keep your beds, borders and planted containers well weeded as weeds compete for any available moisture.
If you need to use automatic watering systems then use drip or trickle irrigation systems.