Whether you are worried about the increasing price of your water bill or want to conserve water for the environment, there are some practical ways to reduce your water usage.
Saving water in your garden is just as important as saving it in the home… in fact, it’s even more important because as much as 40% of our water supply ends up going into our gardens.
The good news is that you don’t need to watch your plants wither up and die – you just need to be smart about how and when you water your garden!
1. Choose the Right Watering Method
To save water, choose the watering method that is the most effective for the plants you are watering to ensure you’re not wasting any of it.
Although automated Irrigation systems are the priciest option, they save time, effort, and water. An automatic irrigation system delivers water directly to where it is needed by allowing it to trickle or drip directly onto targeted growing areas.
Sprinklers are the best tools to care for your lawn and soak unplanted areas in the garden. But, while sprinklers provide excellent coverage, it’s challenging to target specific plants or areas, which means a lot of water goes to waste.
Seep Hoses can be buried underneath the soil or remain above ground. The holes in the piping allow water to seep into targeted areas, which is excellent for planted rows. They work best in heavy soil because they soak the surrounding ground.
Hoses and Watering Cans are undoubtedly the cheapest options, but they require the most effort. However, they allow you to water extremely precisely with minimal water waste. Hoses and watering cans are best for watering around plant bases while keeping the surrounding soil dry.
2. Plant Drought-Tolerant Plants
Some water-wise plants don’t need as much water as others to grow optimally. Drought-tolerant plants like palms, mimosa, verbena, lavender, and succulents are more efficient at storing water, which means they can go with very little and still survive.
When planning your garden, stick to water-saving and indigenous plants to save water.
3. Water at the Right Time
Many people overwater their gardens – which is not only wasteful; it also means we’re doing more garden maintenance than we need to.
To determine whether your garden needs water, check the soil’s moisture level by inserting a spade. If the dirt clinging onto the spade is still moist, you probably don’t need to water. Alternatively, watch your plants for signs of water stress – the leaves may droop or become crisp on the edges if they need water, or the leaves may become yellow if they are overwatered. By paying attention to your plants’ condition, you can get a feel for when you actually need to water your garden.
4. Water the Right Amount
How much water your garden needs will also depend on what type of soil you have. Heavy clay soils need to be watered infrequently but deeply, while sandy soil will require more frequent, light waterings.
A good rule of thumb is that you should water around 5.2 gallons for every 10 square feet and only do so every seven to ten days.