Saving water while gardening


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Tending to a home garden can mean consuming more water. After all gardens demand a regular watering schedule for plants and trees, and require water as a cleaning tool as well. So how can households make their garden and landscaping more efficient in terms of water consumption?

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House Logic says, the choice of plants can influence the water requirements of a home garden. A/C And HVAC         

“The bigger the plant, the more water it might require. So don’t plant shrubs genetically programmed to grow bigger than you need. Before you buy, research at the library or online how tall and wide mature shrubs will grow. A Leyland Cypress, for instance, could grow to 20 feet in a few years, overkill if you only need a 5-foot hedge. Also, don’t overcrowd plants: Follow label planting instructions. Fewer plants require less water. And flora that looks sparse at first will fill the area in a few seasons.”

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The Micro Gardener also came up with tips on efficient water usage in the garden. Plumbing Association of San Diego                

“Install a water tank rather than wasting rainwater, to maximise roof runoff and redirect it for use on your garden.  Slimline tank and water harvesting systems are available for even the tiniest of spaces.”

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The Guardian also has its own list of ways to keep water consumption at bay while gardening. Their list included watering plants at the appropriate time.

“Many of us over-water our gardens. This is not only wasteful, it means we’re doing more work than we need to. To check if you need to water or not, look at the soil about a spade-deep down. If it’s damp, it’s fine; if it’s dry, it’s time to water. If you have clay soil, it might feel damp whether it’s irrigated or not and sandy soil can feel dry, even if it has water in it. If this is the case, watch your plants and when they start to show signs of water stress – when leaves change position or get darker – note how the soil looks and feels. This way you can get more of an idea of what your soil is like when it has too little water. Watering the garden before a drought sets in keeps the soil’s moisture levels up and helps prevent a water deficit. You should also water plants in the evening when it’s cooler, to reduce evaporation.”

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Efficient use of water does not only translate to lower utility bills, it also translates to a greener environment.

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