Most people are aware that our planet is made up of around 70% water, and you wouldn’t blame people for thinking that water is an almost never-ending resource. Unfortunately, the reality could not be further from the truth.
Even though the Earth is mostly made up of water, only an estimated 3% of that water is freshwater. This is the stuff that we drink, bathe in, and use to water our plants and care for our gardens.
It is for this reason that we all must protect this precious resource and use it wisely and sustainably. With that in mind, we have created this article to help give some water-saving landscape ideas for gardeners.
We all love having a beautiful garden, but these simple steps will go a long way to make sure that you save some water along the way, too.
Water in the morning
One of the simplest tricks in the book is to water your plants early in the morning before the temperature begins to rise.
The reason for this is that the rate of evaporation is much lower and there is also much less wind so that the plants have a chance to soak up as much of the water as possible.
This helps to save water as it means that you will have to water your plants less often.
The extra bonus is that your plants will more than likely thank you for it, too. Your flowers and plants will have all the water they need to face the heat that will be coming later on in the day.
However, if your plants start showing signs of drought, then you should water them, of course.
TIP: Use a manual watering spray if your garden is not too large, as this will save massively on water wastage. When you use a hose without an on/off function, the majority of the water will be wasted between plants. This should be avoided.
Choose plants that don’t need as much watering
This one may seem like common sense, but it is very rarely used in practice. Far too many people buy plants that need very regular watering.
Moisture-loving plants such as ferns, iris, hibiscus, and sunflower may all look beautiful in your garden, but they will be very demanding on your water usage.
If possible, it is better to grow plants that are native to the area that your garden is in. This is because these plants are specially adapted to the climate and should be able to survive with minimal care.
After all, they have managed to survive on rainwater alone and have thrived long enough in the climate already without human intervention.
Speak with your neighbors who are garden enthusiasts, or if not, you can always go down to your local garden center or even do a bit of research on the internet to find out what plants are native to your area.
TIP: Succulents are a fantastic drought-resistant plant. They come in a wide variety of species and soak up water extremely well. They will usually outlast most other plants when it comes to drought conditions. Just make sure you give them enough chance to establish themselves in your garden before you leave them to fend for themselves.
Use soaker hoses and drip irrigation
As mentioned previously, one of the quickest ways to waste water is to use a standard hose that doesn’t have an on/off function. The water that misses the plants is wasted unnecessarily.
One way around this is to use a soaker hose/drip irrigation. These are water-efficient solutions that deliver water directly to the plant bed and is one of the best ways to water your plants.
Another added bonus is that they take much less effort on your behalf. If you have the system already laid down in the correct areas, it is merely a matter of turning it on.
If you are in a particularly dry part of the world, then you may be better off seeking professional help to install your irrigation system. For example, a simple search for Irrigation solutions may go a long way towards creating your dream, water-efficient garden.
If you haven’t used mulch in your garden before then, you are certainly missing out. Mulch is typically an organic material that you layer over the top of your soil to help keep the moisture trapped in and stop your plants from drying out.
Not only that, but it’s also fantastic for the overall health of your soil and plants. It helps to keep weeds at bay by reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth. It’s also great for protecting the soil from harsh weather conditions, too.
If you have a large storm in the area, a snap freeze, or even if there are desert-like conditions, mulch can go a long way to protecting the soil beneath it.
As mulch is usually organic, it will eventually decompose and provide your soil with plenty of nutrients for it to grow and thrive.
So there you have it. There are plenty of ways to curb your water usage in the garden without leaving your plans suffering.
In fact, many of these solutions will improve the overall health of your soil and plants and will leave you with a beautiful, thriving garden, even in drought-like conditions.
If you have a lot of plants to water or you have a particularly tricky garden layout, then you may want to consider hiring professional help to set up an effective and efficient irrigation system.
Also, after having a beautiful garden full of flowers, think about decorating it with home accessories which will help to complete its overall appearance.
Your garden and the environment will thank you for it.