Did you know…
That residential water use increases by approximately 50% in the summer, due to lawn and water gardening and car washing? In other words, half of our average household water use is for landscaping. That an average suburban lawn (25′ x 40′ or 7.6m x 12.2m) “drinks” about 12,000 gallons (45,500 litres) of water every summer?
Consider getting rid of the grass and using drought-tolerant meadow plants instead (if you’ve got sun) or shade-loving ground covers that only require minimal watering. All it takes is a bit of planning.
From the get go, plan and design your garden with water conservation in mind. However, even though summer’s well under way, there’s still time to move some plants around with wise watering practices in mind. For example: Group plants with similar moisture requirements close together so that you can water the thirsty plants as needed, rather than the whole garden.
In order to conserve moisture, mulch your plants with comwide_box, straw, dead leaves or shredded bark. There are even new varieties of black bark mulch which keep their color instead of fading to an unattractive gray.
Improve the water-retention capabilities of your soil by adding lots of comwide_box and water saving soil supplements such as 100% natural, coir-based products like SoilSponge.
Place plants that require the greatest amounts of water in areas that receive run-off from slopes or downspouts.
Make use of rainwater by redirecting your downspout onto your garden – or get a rain barrel and drain your downspout into that. You’ll have a steady supply of chlorine-free water for the garden.
Use native plants.
And finally, two watering tips: To avoid excess evaporation, water your garden or lawn in the early morning.
Don’t water on windy days.
For healthier lawns and plants only water when necessary and, to encourage deeper root growth, water deeply when you do water.