Week 21 - Garden Watering Tips
- It takes energy to treat water
- Wildlife suffers when the water levels in lakes and rivers falls low
- Lakes may become more saline and less oxygenated as levels fall
7 Great ways to save water in the garden
1. Water at the right time and the right amount
2. Get that water down deep
Getting the water down deep encourages deep rooted plants which are less susceptible to hot dry weather conditions than those plants with shallow roots. You can sink plastic bottles with holes cut in the base next to the plant and water down into those. You can found more details here - Water-wise Tomatoes
3. Mulch plants
Adding a layer of mulch will greatly reduce evaporation. Cardboard, grass cuttings, specialist mulch fabric, straw etc can all be used. Just make sure you water the pants well before adding the mulch.
4. Do not use sprinklers
Sprinklers are very non specific and a lot of the water they spread is wasted. Instead use a hosepipe or watering can and only water exactly where the plants need it
5. Move posts to shady spots
If the temperature really goes up move pots into shady places
6. Collect rainwater
There are umpteen ways you can collect rainwater and with some local authorities offer rain water butts are reduced prices. Some plants actually dislike tap water and should always, if possible be watered with rainwater. You can also water plants with used washing up water and bath water but do not use dishwasher or washing machine water which is likely to contain too many chemicals.
7. Let the lawn go brown
Grass is amazingly resilient and even after gong brown in a hot spell will almost always recover when the rain returns. Can you really justify wasting water on keep your lawn green when it could mean supplies for the whole community running low? Also if hot weather is forecast start mowing your grass on a higher setting and the linger grass will remain green longer.
Do you have any other methods you use to save water in the garden?