The heat of summer is on the way and as the water dries up from the ground and plants need to be watered on a daily basis, your water bill starts to rise and talk of a hosepipe ban is in the air.
However, 2019 could be the year that you change the way you use and also conserve and reuse water in your garden.
In this blog post, we outline 5 top tips to help you save water this summer.
If you have a garden and you don’t already have one of these, get one. You can pick a waterbut up at your local garden center for around £20-30, and they’re 100% worth the investment.
They’re easy to set up, take up very little space in your garden and collect a lot of water which is stored for use at a later date.
Waterbuts range in size from 100 litres to 500 lites, meaning you can save plenty of water on rainy days to use during the dryer spells.
Not only does having a waterbut save your wallet in the long run, it can also save your plants. If a hosepipe ban comes into action, a waterbut is a saviour.
It’s surprising just how far a few hundred litres will go—they really can be the difference between life and death for your prized plants.
If you have to use a hose in your garden, it’s worth getting a hose gun attachment for your pipe.
Instead of turning on the tap on your house wall, walking with the running hose to the area you need to water and then repeating in the way back (which wastes an unnecessary amount of water), a hose gun will block water flow until you’re ready to use it.
Hose gun attachments can be found at most garden centers and hardware stores, and are a very quick and simple solution to help save water on a day-to-day basis.
In short, they’re a no brainer!
If you have clean water that would otherwise go to waste, save it for your garden! This obviously saves unnecessary water waste, but it also helps you save money on your monthly bills!
Clean water from the sink, bath and more is absolutely fine to be reused in your garden—in fact, water providers even encourage it!
If you’re feeling really clever, you can even install a connector pipe from your bath or shower to your lawn!
We’ve all been guilty of unnecessarily overwatering. When you’re using a powerful hose with unlimited water supply it’s just too easy to do.
However some plants, such as particular types of flower, don’t actually need as much water as we give them, and would benefit much more from dampening their leaves than drenching them.
Trigger sprayers are a brilliant way to ensure that you only use what you need to water your garden. Yes, some plants will need more than a few mists of water to survive, but for those that don’t, this is a great option which can help you to conserve as much water as possible.
Mulching is a great way to tidy flowerbeds, landscape your garden and suppress weeds. But did you know it’s also a great way to conserve water?
Laying mulch around your plants helps protect the soil’s moisture from evaporating due to exposure to direct sunlight. Meaning that most of the water that’s already in the soil around your plants stays there.
What’s more, mulching ensures that the water you give your plants is getting to the right places. Instead of watering your flower beds only to watch the water run off to nearby grass, mulch absorbs this water and releases it to the plant roots slowly over time.
Although mulching itself takes time, once it’s done it can save you needing to water your plants so often and reduce how much you need to give.
These are just a few of the ways that you can save water in your garden this summer. Although these methods might seem like relatively small actions to be taking, you’d be surprised what a difference they can make!