by Fergal Lynch
During the summer months, water usage tends to increase during warm periods and this places huge pressure on our water resources. In our blog, we review different ways to water your garden during periods of drought and where there are hosepipe bans.
Water is the fuel that plants need to grow and stay alive during the winter when growth is difficult. Plants also use water to cool down during hot weather and to prevent sun scald.
Keep Basin In Sink
Keep a basin at the bottom of your sink and collect water when using water to wash vegetables. Collect the run-off water to water your plants.
Timing Is Everything
Water your plants early when temperatures are lower such as the early morning or evening time. This will prevent water from evaporating during the heat of the day.
Mulch, Bark and Straw
Lay down straw, bark and organic mulch to your garden soil to help it retain more water. In addition to saving water, mulch will help to improve soil texture and suppress weeds.
Focus On Greenery Which Needs Water
Not everything in your garden will require a top up of water. Don’t worry if your lawn changes colour as most grass areas recover quickly when the rain returns. Many plants can survive on little water such as rosemary, fuchsia and lavender.
A water butt is a environmentally friendly way of collecting rainwater for your plants year-round. Rainwater tends to be work better for plants compared to tap water as it has all the nutrients required for growth without the added chlorine. Water butts capture the rainwater from the gutters in your home. A 210l water butts can be purchased and installed for an all-in cost of around €135.
If some of your plants are in pots, you might want to consider using water-retaining crystals. The crystals are like sponges and hold in a lot of water and release them gradually into the soil.
Train your plants to be become less reliant on water by simply watering less. By watering less, the plants in your garden will develop deep root systems. A good watering every 10 days or so will be sufficient from most plants.
Invest In A Moisture Meter
Moisture meters are easy to use and provide an accurate reading of the moisture of your soil. If the moisture level is below 30%, a top up of water is required. Anything above 30% and you keep the watering can away.
Hopefully you will be able to use some of these tips to help conserve water in your garden. The right selection of plants can also help to reduce water usage.
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