Water is precious and its cost is rising all the time. Each one of us probably know this thing. Whether or not there are any restrictions on the use of water, we all want to save water and our bucks. What if we tell you that you can achieve it just by taking some small steps. Yeah, you heard us right!
Just revaluate your garden design and watering habits to avoid water wastage. And at the same time reduce the figures on your water bill. We have jotted down top 10 tips for you to conserve water and garden more sustainably.
- Garden in the Morning and Watering in the Afternoon
The timing of watering the plants can have a great effect on the growth of a plant. If you water plants during afternoon and after 12:00 pm then there are good chances of healthy and strong growing plants.
For the rest of the garden early morning irrigation prepares it for heat of the whole day. Avoid watering at night, as the temperatures at this time are not adequate for evaporation. As a result the unnecessary moisture on the leaves leads to fungal growth.
- Save and reuse water wherever and whenever you can:
You can install a water tank to store rainwater. And then redirect this water to irrigate your garden. And with the advancement of the technology, these methods are available for even the tiniest of spaces.
And these techniques are just not limited to rain water. You can also stock up water used to boil vegetables. This water in particular is rich in nutrients and acts as a fertilizer for your garden.
- Choose wisely between different pots.
Different materials result in different moisture levels. For instance metal containers heat up quickly as compared to the traditional clay pots. This results in more absorption of water from the garden. And eventually more irrigation needed for the whole garden.
- Use mulches to avoid unnecessary evaporation during the day. Keep the depth approx. 3-5 cms for a medium sized pot and about 8-10 cms for a garden bed.
- Plant species that need less water. Some of these species include grey foliage, fuzzy and curly leaves that require less moisture, slow growing plants and plants worth narrow or small leaves.
- Consider climate and season time to time. If there is rain in the weather forecast then turn off your automatic sprinkler and save bucks!
- Use a moisture meter. The probe inserted in the ground saves you from the guesswork and keep your garden irrigated just as much as it requires.
- Capture water just where it is required. Use water-loving plants in boggy areas and remove the foliage for the water restrained parts.
- Increase the amount of organic matter. It soaks up a great amount of water, nutrients from the surroundings and make it available for the plants. All in all it also maintains the soil health.
- Never overwater your plants. It builds your water bill, loses the nutrients from the plant, and sometimes also cause root rot.