Water is a precious resource that needs conserving, but it can be hard to do when you’re trying to maintain a healthy, green garden in your home.
Keeping our gardens cool can be challenging, especially during the warm summer months. But by being smarter about how we water our plants, we can conserve this precious resource (and avoid high water bills!).
So here are some tips you can use to save water while gardening.
Hand water the right way
Only water your garden when necessary, and practice efficient hand-watering techniques. A watering can, or a hand-held garden hose with a nozzle is the ideal way to water your plants and ensure they get the right amount of nutrients.
You should also get a nozzle with different spray settings to avoid wasting water in your garden. These can be bought easily at a hardware store.
Know what times to water
Depending on your state, you may need to comply with various watering restrictions and adhere to a watering roster set by the state government.
The best time to water your garden is when it’s least impacted by the sun, such as early morning or evening. Ideally, you should water your garden when the weather is cool but not too dry, which allows the water to be absorbed through the soil without sun evaporation.
Maintain your irrigation systems
By spending a little effort maintaining your sprinkler irrigation system, you can save water and avoid unnecessary repair bills in the future (which can cost quite a bit!)
A good service for your irrigation system can help you identify leaks and improvement cost-effectively. Ideally, you should get your system looked at by a professional once or twice a year.
Mulch your plants
Mulching your garden can reduce soil evaporation by up to 70% - saving you the need to water your plants regularly. A good quality mulch will also give your garden nutrients, prevent weed growth, and even improve soil health.
Plant more drought-resistant plants
As much as we love planting exotic flowers in our garden, certain plants require more water than others, and it’s best to consider the amount of water they’ll need before planting them in your garden.
Australian native plants are generally sturdy and require less water to keep them blooming. So if you’re planning how your garden should look, give them a chance to flower.
Ensure hose and taps are not leaking
A slow-leaking tap can waste up to 9000 litres of water a year, so checking and fixing leaking taps or hoses in your garden is important.
A handy plumber will be able to do that for you, but you can also perform regular checks yourself. Simply note the initial numbers shown on your water meter and turn off all taps. Then, do not use the water for an hour and check if the water meter reading has changed. If it has, then you probably have a leak in your home.
Invest in a moisture meter
One of the hardest parts of maintaining your garden is knowing how much soil to put in them. The amount of water you give your plants is crucial to their health and longevity – all while conserving water.
You can consider getting a soil moisture meter to ensure your garden has the optimal water level. This inexpensive tool provides a better reading than checking the soil moisture levels with your fingers. You will also keep your plants well-watered, so you don’t overwater them.
Greywater is an excellent source that helps you save water and money. Additionally, it’s also available all year round, including seasons with low rainfall.
Greywater is wastewater from your household that can be used for watering your garden, such as showers and washing machines. However, you should be mindful that not all plants are suitable for greywater.
For example, greywater that results from your dishwashing liquid used may do more harm to your plants. Hence, it’s important to do your research before considering greywater as an alternative.
Rainwater is the ultimate water saver
Rainwater is the best way to water your plants, and it’s absolutely free! While consistent rainfall doesn’t happen all year round, there are a few steps you can take to harvest rainwater effectively during a dry spell.
Rainwater tanks are the best way to collect rainwater which can be bought from your nearest hardware store. There are also many rustic and modern-style tanks, so you’ll never have to worry if it looks out of place
Know your weather
Knowing your weather is one of the most underrated ways to save water and keep your garden happy. Your garden is very dependent on the climate, and having a better understanding of your weather can help you save water for your garden in the following ways
Forecasting when and how much rainfall will happen
Understanding how much wind is coming through (windier days may absorb water from your garden faster)
Seeing humidity levels during the day and night
Estimating when there is a heatwave and taking steps to protect your plants.
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