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Saving water is our social and ecological responsibility. All of us strive to save water in our homes but give it little thought when it comes to saving water in the garden. Saving water anywhere, anyway and in any capacity is crucial.
Because friends, like it or not we are running out of the water and we need to step up our efforts. Another motivation for you to save water is, that you save money.
Here are six ways you can save water:
Take good care of your soil
If your soil is healthy it has a strong structure that helps it retain moisture. Therefore, look after your soil, add a lot of organic material. Another technique you can use is mulching. If you mulch flowerbeds around the base of shrubs and trees, it will prevent moisture from evaporating in the dry spells. You can also add water retentive gels to the compost.
Long story short, if you take good care of your soil, you will need less water to irrigate it.
Collect rainwater and reuse old water
This is important. If you can collect rainwater or use old water, you can do mother earth and yourself a huge amount of favor. It is easy to collect rainwater. Just place a bucket or a water but at the end of your drainpipe.
The water from baths, showers, washing machines etc. is called grey water. You can buy equipment called grey water diverter. It redirects your used water into an irrigation system.
Water your garden when it needs
Over-watering the garden is as much of a problem as under-watering it. Many of us think that keeping the garden grass wet all the time is good but it is counterproductive. There is a technique you can use to see if your garden needs watering or not. It is very simple. Dig the soil about a spade down. It is damp, good, if it is tried, you need to water it. It takes like two seconds to determine if your garden needs watering or not.
It is also a good idea to water the plants in the evening when it is cooler. It causes less evaporation. Although some experts argue that it evens out but you cannot deny that when there is no or less evaporation, the soil and plants have more time to absorb the water.
Use the correct amount of water
Building on the timing of water, there is another crucial aspect of watering the garden: using the right amount of water. This actually depends on the soil type, light soils require more water than heavy soils. However, we do have a guideline.
The Royal Horticultural Society’s rule of thumb is that for plants to keep growing, up to 24 liters per square meter (5.2 gallons per 10 sq. ft.) every seven to 10 days is sufficient. That’s about two and a half 10 liter watering cans worth per square meter. This should give you a good idea.
Plant flowers that need less water
The general idea is to plant flowers that are less exhausting on your resources. Don’t get me wrong. All plants are brilliant and love-worthy. But when it comes to gardening, you have a choice. You can plant trees that consume less water. It is more environment-friendly. Some plants you can look into are; lavender, palms, mimosa, and verbena, to name a few.
Use the best watering techniques for your plants
This is sort of a given. But I would like to remind you of some of the best techniques you can use. Use sprinklers, they give you a great coverage. However, also use hoses and water cans where sprinklers don’t have coverage. You can use automated irrigation systems as well. These are programmed to water in a certain way and in certain areas you designate. They are easy to use and save a lot of time and energy but they are considerably expensive.