Tips for Water Wise Gardens
Garden Watering Conservation Tips
With water restriction being placed on many residents of drought-affected areas, conserving water not only helps out the local water supply, but helps with pocket book as well. Here are some tips for conserving water in the garden.
- Water efficiently:
Choose the best times to water, and water deeply less often rather than watering several times a week very often. Times to avoid watering are generally during the midday times of 10 a.m. in the morning to around 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Evaporation will reduce the amount of effective watering that can be done. Also, water plants deeply so the water reaches deep to their roots. Ineffective watering involves very shallow water that stays on the surface rather than doing any good to the plants at all.
- Aerate your lawns:
This helps to get air and loosen up thickly thatched lawns, bringing water where it is needed the most which is underground. Generally, holes around three inches apart is a good ration for most lawns.
- Know your irrigation:
Inspect your lines regularly and fix any leaks as they occur to prevent water waste. If the irrigation is set on automatic, adjust for wet seasons, and shut it off entirely during the rainy seasons.
- Choose low water and native plants:
Growing native plants in drought areas is always a good idea since they are already adapted to the surrounding environments. When planning a new landscape theme, choose plants that require little water.
- Group water loving plants together:
This ensures that any extra water these plants need only reach them. The rest of the landscape doesn't need the extra water to grow and thrive, so why waste water on them.
- Consider xeriscapes and rock gardens:
Xeriscaping and rock gardening involve creating a full garden with the intention of saving water. Low water plants will be chosen, and in some cases, plants will take a secondary show to elaborate rock landscaping such as rock pathways, and rock sculptures.