How To: Save Water In The Garden

During hot and dry weather, water used in the garden can amount to 50% of the total used all together for your household. You could easily have a beautiful garden whilst using less water; cutting the amount of mains water you use for your garden whilst making the most of rainwater and grey water.

How To: Save Water In The Garden

Watering Tips

When you are watering your plants, there is so much you can do to make better use of water in your garden such as starting off with these basics:

  • Use a watering can instead of a hose. Using a hose can waste so much more water as you cannot control the flow of the water – unless you have a special trigger on your hose.
  • You should water your garden early in the morning or late at night so the water doesn’t evaporate in the heat before it reaches your plant’s roots. You could also add water-retaining crystals to the soil to keep it moist. This is especially important in hanging baskets.
  • Try to avoid wasting water on the patios or paths. When moving from one flower bed to another, turn your hose off through your trigger or by the tap.
  • Make sure to weed regularly in your garden to avoid wasting water on those pesky weeds.
  • Infrequently soaking your lawn is more beneficial than frequent sprinkling as it encourages the roots to search for water deeper into the ground. Avoid using sprinklers and use seep hoses instead.

Making Use of Greywater & Water Butts

Thousands of litres of rainwater fall on everyone’s roofs every single year. Collecting this and using it to water your garden is actually better for your plants as well as the environment. You could also use this for other things like washing the car or house windows.

Any water that has been used within your household such as shower, sink and laundry water can be reused in the garden. Make sure the water is cool and not too soapy, and don’t pour it straight onto foliage.

How To: Save Water In The Garden

Plan a Water-Efficient Garden

Planning and designing a landscape that minimises water use by creating non-watering areas and non-watering plants will help save more water in the garden.

Drought-tolerant plants are the best kind to help save water, they are beautiful and do well in any garden or landscape. The best way to find them is to drive along local roadways and take photos of what naturally grows wild. Many gorgeous plants are growing all around you and they are all perfectly suited to your garden climate.

The healthier your garden soil is, the better it will retain water to benefit your plants. Good drainage is accomplished by allowing water to go down instead of out and away – the deeper water can penetrate easily, the more will be retained by the local soil for use by plants that can reach for it.

Mulch Your Garden

Applying mulch to your garden will retain moisture and prevent soil erosion. As we move from winter to spring, this is a beneficial tip.

Mulch provides nutrients to your soil and improves its ability to hold water – which will provide more to the plants that reach quite far down.

Mulch acts as an insulating layer – it reduces the amount of water that evaporates from your soil which will greatly reduce your need to water your plants as often. It also keeps weeds down, the ones that do come up will be much easier to pull out.

You need to make sure that you keep the mulch 3-6 inches away from the bases of trees and shrubs. When applying mulch, all you need is around 2-4 inches thick in all areas.

The increase in demand for water means that it’s important to find ways of conserving it.

Saving water in the garden is a key benefit towards this as it helps cut the risk of drought orders and water restrictions, and in turn, protects our local wildlife. 

Pop in store at Holt Garden Centre and speak to one of our friendly team about how to conserve water in your garden.

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