10 Ways to Save Water in Your Garden

waterIf you’re like some of our deer fencing members, you’re excited that it’s finally summer and you can spend more time in your garden. However, with summer comes hotter temperatures and water evaporation. To make sure you don’t run up you water bill trying to keep your plants healthy, keep these things in mind:

1. Stick to Roots

Instead of watering your entire garden, water deeply. This means focusing on feeding the roots of your fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, etc. Not only will you use less water watering areas that don’t need it, your plants will grow better.

2. Mulch

Mulching locks in moisture, so make sure you apply a fresh layer of mulch to your plants yearly. You can even redress your mulch (meaning add a small top layer) if you notice it’s fading in color.

3. Grow in the Ground

Plants that are grown in pots dry out quicker than plants that are grown in the ground. This is because the roots of ground plants can extend deep into the soil in search of water, whereas potted plants can only extend so far down.

4. Collect Water

Have some large bins or barrels that you’re not using? Leave them outside (or underneath your gutters) to collect rainwater, then, instead of using your hose or sink, use the rainwater to water your plants!

5. Weed Often

Just like your plants, weeds need a source of water, and the more weeds you have in your garden, the more your plants will have to compete for nourishment. Rid your garden of weeds regularly and your plants can enjoy their water all to themselves.

6. Water at the Right Time

Now that it’s hot out, it’s possible to easily lose water to evaporation. To avoid wasting water, water your plants at the right time of day. The best time is before it gets too hot (around 8 a.m.) and after the sun is at its full strength (around 5 p.m.).

7. Plant Natives

If you’re looking to plant more flowers, vegetables, herbs, etc., do some research and choose ones that are native to your area. Native plants are used to the climate, so usually they don’t require as much water as invasive plants.

8. Group Together

When planting new plants, group together the ones that require a lot of water. This way, you can focus on watering them all at once and reduce your consumption.

9. Use Gray Water

Instead of fresh water, if you have any leftover water in the house that hasn’t been altered with chemicals (such as cooking water, abandoned drinking water, etc.), use it to water your plants.

10. Invest in Shade

Plant some trees or tall shrubs or bushes around your garden. They will provide shade, which will lock in more moisture and prevent water evaporation.

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