Conserving Water In Your Garden or Yard

watering gardenConserving water in your garden or yard has a lot of benefits both to you and the environment. At the front of everybody’s mind, domestic water conservation is going to help you save money on your bills.  What should be at the front of your mind is the energy it’s going to save you too, regardless of cost, in avoiding the over usage of suppliers and treatment plants.

Conserved water has different uses in our daily lives. Depending on how your catch the water and if you treat it, it can be used for tasks as essential as drinking and cooking, but also for the more menial chores of washing, watering your garden or controlling an accidental fire.  Following the smart tips below can help you adopt water conservation at home and do your bit against environmental impact.  I think I see your carbon footprint shrinking by the second!

Water Wisely

As a homeowner, you should not make a mistake of over watering your garden/yard. Using water wisely not only helps you in preventing water wastage, but also in preventing runoff and erosion. Make sure you water your garden at strategic times of the day such as early in the morning and/or late in the evening. Avoid watering when it is windy as wind blows water away and speeds evaporation. It is also very important for you to water the garden long enough for the roots to absorb water. It may be unnoticeable on a daily basis, but the extra liter or so you find yourself using because of faster evaporation can really add up when it becomes a regular thing.

Make Use of Mulches

Placing a layer of mulch around plants in your garden not only helps you in slowing evaporation, but also in improving the condition of the soil and controlling the growth of weeds. Mulch can be made from a variety of natural materials such as grass cuttings, cocoa shells, chipped barks, and straw. Make sure you press a thick layer of mulch down around the drip line of all plants in the garden to form a slight depression for minimizing water runoff. The thicker the mulch, the more effective it becomes.

Use Water Butts

Water butts play a major role in helping you collect rainwater from the roof. For you to harvest many litres of rainwater successfully, make sure you position your water butt directly under a strong downpipe from the roof. You should also cover the top of the water butt with a screen to prevent insects and debris from getting into or contaminating the water. You can use the water collected to water your house plants, bathe your pets, or store for future use. Water butts are very affordable and are readily available from local stores.

Plant Drought-Tolerant Plants

Before you start filling your garden or yard with plants, do some research and find out more about the best drought-tolerant plants capable of surviving without regular dousing. Some of the best drought-tolerant plants you can go for include yarrow, agastache, pine-leaf penstemon, Russian sage, meadow sage, lavender, purple coneflower, amsonia, and blanket flower. These hardy flora don’t require much human intervention in the way of watering, and can survive for long periods between rainfall.  Having a self-sufficient garden helps you to minimize your water usage, letting you use that saved water for things you can’t save on. Did I say save enough?  Start saving your garden, life and the planet; today!

This post was brought to you by Walter Bucket. Walter is the garden blogger for UK Water Features.   When he’s not fastidiously arranging his blue slate chippings on his rockery, he’s doing everything he can to help UK Water Features become a more eco-friendly and sustainable supplier.

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