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With dwindling resources, ongoing regional droughts, and growing demand, water conservation is everyone’s concern. These four tips will help you conserve precious water, save money on your water bill and make your yard a healthier place…without losing your garden’s beauty.
Add Lots of Compost
Turning 2 – 3 inches of store-bought or homemade compost into the top 4 – 6 inches of your soil at least twice a year (spring and fall, but again in mid-summer can’t hurt!) is one of the best ways to reduce overall water use. Organic matter, such as compost, helps to improve soil structure, which in turn helps to retain precious moisture. More here.
Best of all, your plants will grow better, and suffer fewer pest and pathogen problems in healthy soil that’s rich in organic matter.
It sounds simplistic, but more water is wasted through overwatering than for any other reason. Watering too much doesn’t just waste a precious resource. It is also very bad for your plants. Too much water in the soil stresses your plants’ root systems and contributes to root rot and fungal and bacterial disease. Consult your landscape professional for help in designing a watering system and/or schedule to deliver the correct amount of water for your landscape.
Keep up with Weeds
Weeds zap valuable soil moisture from your plants. Grab a trowel or a hoe and show them no mercy. You can also control weeds by installing landscape fabric which is both water and air permeable. Readily available at garden centers, it’s easy to use. Snip an X, pull back the fabric, plant, then top with mulch.
Use the Best Watering Techniques for Your Plants
• Sprinklers: best used to water the lawn and soak unplanted areas, sprinklers have great coverage but you can’t target specific sections of your garden with them.
• Hoses and watering cans: labour intensive but precise, use these to water around plant bases beneath the leaves, and leave the surrounding soil dry. This limits weed growth and means all the water goes where it is needed.
• Seep hoses: these allow water to seep out of holes in the hose. They can be buried under soil or mulch, which avoids evaporation. They allow you to water established plants in rows, but are best used on heavy soil as water spreads further sideways, covering more than it would on lighter soils.
• Automated irrigation systems: these allow water to drip or trickle into growing areas whenever you programme them to do so. They save time and effort, but they are the most expensive option. Make sure you take hot and dry weather into account when you programme your system.