Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh, yet all life on land ultimately depends on it.
- Sir David Attenborough, Fresh Water, Planet Earth
Although we often take it for granted, we all know that water is a precious resource. So when it comes to maintaining our gardens, it’s vital that we learn to be water wise and conserve as much as possible.
By saving water in the garden you will help to reduce water supply demands, especially at peak times- and more importantly, you’ll also save yourself some money if you’re on a water meter – happy days!
What’s more, there are lots of simple steps you can take to save water and ensure you have a gorgeous garden!
10 Top Tips to Get Water Wise
- Add organic matter to your soil – such as compost from your compost heap. This will improve soil structure and help to retain moisture
- Pick plants carefully - choose plants that prefer dry conditions and need less watering. Have a look at the drought-resistant plants on the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) website
- Go back to the can - using a watering can limits how much water you use, but if you must use a hose, why not install a water saving nozzle?
- Get Mulching – mulching flowerbeds and your hanging baskets will prevent moisture from evaporating
- Install a water butt – this is a great way to collect rainwater for your garden
- Water your plants in the evening - it’s cooler at this time and evaporation will be reduced
- Weed regularly – so when you water, it’s your plants and not weeds you’re hydrating
- Prioritise your plants – young plants and seedlings will need more water than established plants, so make sure you’re being smart with your supply
- Drought Damage SOS - if your lawn is suffering from drought (yellow and brown patches), you can help rescue it by watering the surface area using conserved water from a water butt, until there is sufficient moisture in the soil to help it recover
- Give your lawn a treat - the GreenThumb Oasis Treatment is the ‘drought busting’ water conserving treatment that has been proven to keep lawns greener for longer during prolonged periods of dry weather – why not give it a try?