Every home has a lot of things that need your attention in terms of money and time. During the hot, dry weather most homes struggle keeping their gardens alive because of limited access to water as well as restrictions and money. The cost of watering your garden can really be too high and it is important to implement several practices which will save you valuable money. Here are guidelines and tips that will help you save water or rather manage and conserve water efficiently.
Mulching helps in reducing the evaporation of moisture and water from the soil. When you cover the soil with mulches, weeds are kept down and it also looks quite attractive. Natural mulches that you can use in your garden include pine needles, back chips, and compost. Spread grass chippings in your vegetable and flower gardens to save money. You may also use ground-up leaves. Using these organic mulches does not only reduce water loss but also adds to the nutrients in the soil as they gradually break down.
- Native Plants
If you are struggling with water costs because of plants that can’t adjust to the areas climatic conditions, it’s time you changed to native plants. These plants can easily adjust and adapt to the area’s normal climate, soil, and rainfall meaning you might not need to water them at all.
- Loose the Lawn
While a green lawn is attractive and adds to the beauty of your home it requires not less than 20,000 gallons of water annually. You can consider shifting your attention from a green lawn and going for drought resistant varieties such as the buffalo and Bermuda grass. Compared to other grasses, this grass requires much less water.
- Consider putting thirsty plants in the same garden
Grouping plants into zones can help your save water. Plants that seem to require much water can be put near the house so that they can benefit from the roof run off. You can also have a zone for plants that need drip irrigation and another one where you can have native plants that don’t need any watering.
- Plant and Water in early Spring or Early Fall
Avoid planting during summer when it’s hot. Because new plants and transplants do not need much water plant them when it’s cool. By the time it’s getting hot in summer, they’ll have established their root system and will need less watering.
Always water your plants early in the morning to reduce water loss through evaporation.
- Ground cover
Having shade trees and ground cover will keep the yard moist and cool hence little or no watering is required.
- Build a Berm
Keep the roots of trees and shrubs moist by building a donut-shaped berm. The purpose of the berm is to allow for the slow absorption of water and preventing water from running off.