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Watering Your Garden Wisely - 30 Hints & Tips
Watering Your Garden Wisely
30 Handy & Helpful Hints and Tips for Watering Your Garden.
- Connect as many water butts to as many drain pipes as possible. They can be connected to sheds and greenhouses too.
- Water in the evening when it's cooler to prevent the water from evaporating in the high daytime temperatures.
- Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than under-watering.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered, and not the house, path and fence!
- Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than running off the lawn's surface.
- Water hanging baskets with ice cubes as they penetrate the soil slowly and prevent excess water spilling out.
- When watering hanging baskets with a hose, a bucket underneath will catch excess water to use on planting beds.
- Top-dress planted pots with grit or stone to help prevent water evaporation and mix water retention gel into the compost.
- Choose shrubs and ground-cover plants instead of turf for hard-to-water areas, such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
- Plant shrubs and trees in the autumn when its cooler and wetter. They will establish quicker.
- Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water.
- Collect the water used for rinsing vegetables to use for house plants.
- If water runs off your lawn or beds easily, split the watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
- Don’t forget to check outdoor taps, hose pipes, water butts and sprinklers for leaks.
- Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds moisture better than when cut short.
- When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient rich water to your plants.
- Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
- Rather than following a set watering schedule, check for soil moisture two or three inches below the soil surface before watering.
- If possible, a drip-irrigation is better for trees and shrubs, as the constant watering applies water directly to the roots.
- Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- To decrease water from being wasted on sloping lawns and beds, apply water for less time and repeat two or three times.
- Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid over-watering some while under-watering others.
- Use a layer of organic material on the surface of your planting beds to minimise weed growth that competes for water.
- Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying into the air.
- Set a kitchen timer when watering your garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons of water a minute.
- Use a trowel to examine the soil moisture depth. If the top two to three inches of soil are dry then its time to water.
- Make sure your pools, ponds and water features are equipped with recirculating pumps.
- Wash bikes and pets on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.
- Leaf mulch around trees. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.