Water saving options allow you to reduce your water bill by reduction of the amount of water you use. Gardeners often want to use more water than most people, as watering plants is essential to ensure their survival. Fortunately, you can keep your plants healthy and beautiful while also conserving water. By using a few basic guidelines, you can maintain a healthy garden and still use water responsibly.
Improve soil by digging in several well-rotted manure or home-made compost every spring. The greater organic matter it contains, the greater it will retain moisture. In the event that sounds like hard work, simply spread a thick layer of compost across your borders in spring (as the ground is moist), and allow the worms pull it in to the soil for you.
Help out individual plants by creating a wide planting hole and lining it with perforated polythene. Mix the excavated soil with lots of compost or well rotted manure before backfilling it. The polythene liner may prevent water from draining away so quickly, which help retain more moisture in the plants roots.
Don’t struggle with planting moisture-loving plants on dry, stony soils. Instead, choose plants that enjoy dry conditions. Drought resistant plants often have specially adapted foliage that helps them to cope with water shortages. Look out for silver, furry, waxy or glossy leaves. Fleshy succulent plants and people with aromatic foliage will also be telltale signs that a plant will cope well with water shortages.
We all know about the environmental benefits of collecting rainwater, not to mention it’s completely free! Position water butts where they’ll be the most helpful. Site them behind the greenhouse, in the backyard, or close to the vegetable patch, to ensure that water is easily at hand if you need it. You can also collect grey water in the bath or shower to water your plants.
Water in the morning before the heat of the day takes hold. An early watering routine will reduce water loss through evaporation, so that your plants will get the full advantage of the water that you apply. Morning watering may also give your plants plenty of time to dry out before night fall, lowering the likelihood of slug damage and fungal disease. Don’t waste water wetting the foliage – always strive for the base of the plant.
Water turf and garden areas no more than once a week, but apply a minimum of two inches of water at a time. This forces the plants to build up extensive root systems between waterings. Drip irrigation (with soaker hoses) cuts down on the amount of water lost to evaporation by sprinkler systems. Harvest the water from your roof using rain barrels – one fourth of an inch of rainfall on the 1,000-square-foot roof provides as much as 150 gallons of water. Learn how to measure weekly rainfall, and irrigate only if necessary.
Mulching bare soil to some depth of two to four inches prevents water evaporation, maintains a level, cool soil temperature, and prevents the germination of weeds. Select a mulch that is as natural to look at as possible. The best time to apply mulch is within late spring, after the soil has warmed and before summer’s heat begins.
These fertilizers slowly release nutrients in to the soil at a natural rate that matches a plant’s needs, so plants use less water.
These computerized systems activate sprinklers via weather data and information about specifics of gardens. They are able to save over 40 gallons of water daily.