Efficiency and saving water outside is just as important as inside the home. Planting drought resistant plants, mulching and the collection of rainwater can help shrink the required sprinkling.
Its important for us to save water in the garden for two vital reasons, cost and demand for the water supply. As soon as the supply increases the groundwater begins getting extracted from streams, this can cause environmental damage and increase water prices even further. See below for the top 5 ways we can help prevent this from occurring.
1 Look after your soil
Soil is one of the most important elements in our gardens. Adding organic matters to the soil can help improve its structure ensuring it will retain as much moisture as possible. To compliment this water retentive granules or gel like compost can be incorporated in the original soil mix again to help retain moisture where possible.
2 Collect rainwater and reuse old water
Your roof enables you to collect up to 150 water butts of rainwater each year, that equates to nearly 24,000 litres! That’s a lot of water, even if every household managed to save a single water butt worth that equates to a lot of FREE water.
3 Plant flowers that require less water
The only issue with planting flowers that require less water – it is all dependant on the existing soil type. If your soils is light it will require more frequent watering however if clay based will require less frequent watering but more water. An example of plants that require less watering are Lavenders, they are also a nectar rich plant being great for bees.
4 Water at the right time
People underestimate the importance of watering at the right time and volume of watering our gardens. The easiest way to check if the soil requires water is to look at the soil about a spade deep, if its damp it is fine however if its dry it will need further watering.
5 Use the best watering techniques for your plants
Watering your soil can be a lot more in depth than originally anticipated, there are a variety of different methods and procedures that can be taken. One of the most popular methods being hosepipe and watering cans even though these are most likely the most labour intensive. You must ensure the deposited water is around the base of the plants, leaving the surrounding soil dry. A slight variation/ easy method is the Seep hose. This process allows for water to seep out of the wholes in the hose – usually buried under soil or mulch avoiding evaporation to occur.