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Garden Water Conservation

Garden Water Conservation is becoming more important to the many people world-wide who are involved in gardening as a hobby. In this present age, we have to face up to the fact that water is scarce in many areas and is therefore becoming an expensive commodity.

 

So understanding just how much water to apply to your plants is becoming more and more important. I have listed 6 tips for Garden Water Conservation below.

 

 

(1) Lawn Watering - This is the area where more than likely you are using the most water. So you can save a great deal of water by understanding the right amount of water to apply and when to do so.

 Lawn watering is best undertaken early in the morning or in the evening when the sun has begun to go down. Applying water in the afternoon sun is extremely wasteful as much of it evaporates off.

It can also be harmful to the lawn as hot water can damage the roots. It is also hard work watering lawns in strong sunlight.

(2) Mulching - Make use of some type of compost or mulch in your garden. A good mulch traps water and releases it slowly. This means there is always water there when your plants need it and saving you time you would have had to spend on numerous waterings during the day. This effect can be increased by laying numerous layers of mulch.

(3) Ground-covers to prevent excess water from evaporating off. These covers trap the water underneath the cover keeping the soil moist. By arranging the watering holes you can focus the water into the area directly around the plants.

Add a layer of mulch under the ground cover to increase the water saving effect.

Add a layer of mulch above the ground cover to increase the water saving effect even more.

(4) Arrangement - When planning your garden beds, try to arrange your plants so that you have thirsty plants by less thirsty ones so that they help to protect each other from over watering.

Over-watering can be just as damaging to your plants as under-watering.

Plants that dislike over watering will do better on sandy soils, whilst plants that like a lot of water will do better on heavier clay type soils.

Positioning more delicate plants in the shade of larger plants can work well, as well.

You don't want to waste time and money by watering plants if they either don't need the water or they're unable to utilize the majority of it.

(5) Watering systems - Nowadays there are a number of affordable automatic watering systems that can be used to care for your plants and also save on your water bill.

One system is to have a time clock controlled sytem.

Another option is to have a trickle water system.

You could go the whole hog and move into hydrponic cultivation.

(6) Water Harvesting - This is becoming more popular with a number of companies moving into the domestic market with their complete sytsems for gathering and storing rain water.

It basically involves gathering the rain water that runs off of your roof into a large container and automatically using it for your grey water needs within the house. These large company fitted systems can cost many thousands of pounds.

Smaller scale systems can be put together quite simply by diverting a down pipe from your gutter system into a large water butt and the water used in your garden. Those with more skills could put together there own automatic watering system from this basic rain water harvesting system.

 

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