Gardening Tips for Saving Water This Summer
Water is a precious resource, especially over the summer months. It’s easy to change some of the ways we do our watering to get more efficient. Mulching, knowing when it’s the best time to water, and using the most efficient garden irrigation systems are great ways to conserve water in your garden.
Mulching adds organic matter to the soil which improves its structure, prevents evaporation and helps the soil to retain moisture. Use a coarse mulch because it will allow water to move down through to the soil more easily. 8-10cm is a good amount of mulch for a garden bed with less needed in pots and containers.
Water at the right time
According to the University of Illinois Extension, the best time for watering the garden is early in the morning when it’s cooler and winds are lower. That means there’ll be less evaporation. Morning watering in summer also ensures the plants are well topped up with water to face the heat of the day.
Use plants that need less water
Think about using plants that need less water. Lavender, palms, succulents, verbena, and herbs such as rosemary and thyme are all plants that need less watering than others. Other types of low water use plants include well established or slow growing plants and plant varieties with small or narrow leaves, or grey or silver foliage. Leathery, hairy, curled or fuzzy leaves also typically require less moisture.
Use the best irrigation system for your plants
There’s no need to over-water anymore. Drip irrigation systems allow water to seep slowly out of holes or drippers directly to the root zone. Drip systems are great for the plants and they use minimal water. Use a timer and you’ll save yourself plenty of time this summer as well as water!