With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start focusing on the garden. Now’s the perfect time to put in place some water saving methods to reduce your bills this year.
Up to 70% of our water supply is used in our gardens during the drier months, forcing supply companies to seek additional sources of water. Pulling water from the ground and streams can have environmental impacts that last for years, as well as bumping up the prices. Being more efficient about your garden water usage can help your plants grow, whilst your bill shrinks.
Research your flowers
When choosing which flowers to proudly display in your garden, do a little research into how much water they need. Plants such as Lavender, Mimosa, and varieties of palms can grow with very little water. A great site to visit is the Royal Horticultural Society website where they list plants that favour drier conditions.
Harvest the April showers
It’s no lie that April showers bring May flowers, but the following months can also benefit from the constant rain. Each year, in the UK alone, 24,000 litres of water fall onto our roofs; fitting a water butt into your garden allows you to collect this rain for use whenever you need it. Simply attach a rainwater diverter to your downpipe to fill up the butt whenever it rains. To see our range of Water Butts, click here.
Know your soil
The amount of water you need to use on your soil depends largely on your soil type. Sandy soils need watering often with small amounts of water to keep them damp. Heavy clay soils can go longer between waters but will need a lot more when the soil dries out.
Think twice about watering
Be conscious of how much you’re watering your garden as many people actually over-water. A good way to tell if you need to water is to look at the soil that’s further down where the roots of the plant are. If the soil is dry then you need to water, if not it can wait. If you have particularly sandy or clay heavy soil you will need to pay more attention to the plants themselves. Plants that are in need alter their leaves, they will darken or change their shape. Make sure you water in the evening when its cooler to prevent evaporation before it reaches the roots.
Spoil your soil
Keeping your soil in good condition can increase the time between waters. Invest in a composter or add organic material to the soil to help increase its quality; this helps it to retain more moisture. Mulching is another great way to prevent water from evaporating from soil during hotter days, remember to mulch flower beds and around the base of bigger plants during the spring.