With summer only a short stretch away, gardeners will be digging in and planning what to have in their garden for the year ahead.
In light of this, here are some water saving tips that will make the garden bloom whilst helping to save money on bills.
We all love blooming flowers and green grass but nobody likes to waste water.
Here are some more top tips to help you become a water efficient gardener:
- Set your lawnmower blade high and cut the grass slightly longer during dry period’s to allow the dew to be trapped and reduce evaporation
- Choose drought resistant bedding plants such as Alyssum, Geraniums, French and African Marigolds and Petunias or plant perennials such as Aquilegia, Campanula or Heuchera
- Group vegetables by their water needs. Asparagus, beetroot and other root crops are the most drought tolerant
- When watering your garden, try and use a watering can filled from a water butt. It is a great way to make the most of rain water and using one will also save you money if you are a metered customer
- Bury a short length of pipe into your pot; if you water into the tube the water goes directly to the roots where the plant needs it most
- Water your pots and hanging baskets either early in the morning or during the evening to reduce evaporation in the midday sun
- If you are filling a new pond, leave the water to stand for 24 hours before introducing plants and fish to reduce the chlorine content. If possible, fill a pond with rainwater which is not chlorinated
- Apply organic mulch around plants and on borders to conserve water by reducing surface evaporation and weeds
- Mix water retaining crystals in planting compost as it will help to keep the soil moist. Consider buying plastic pots with water reservoirs that store water.
Do you have any tips to add?