Friday, December 20, 2013
Water is necessary for gardening, but you don't have to use too much - there are simple ways of cutting down on your water consumption. This will help you save on your water bill and contribute to a greener environment too. Some of these tips will help you save some time for watering plants as well. Integrating two or more of these ideas into your gardening will bring long-term benefits.
1. Drought-tolerant plants
Drought-tolerant plants are plants that can withstand longer periods of time without water. This doesn’t mean you don't have to water them, but they need less watering than your average garden plant, thus automatically cutting down your watering time and water consumption. Choose drought-tolerant plants that are native to your locale. This applies to your turf grass as well.
2. Plant groupings
As you plan your garden landscape, consider each plant’s water needs. Group plants together according to their water consumption. This will help you establish zones where you may use less water instead of watering the entire garden with a uniform amount of water.
3. Rain barrel
A rain barrel collects rainwater from the roof that would have otherwise gone to waste. And considering how much it rains in the Philippines, you may never need to use your garden hose for watering as much anymore. Rain barrels come in different shapes and designs. Some look like real barrels, while others look more like pots and urns. You may also add a chain attached to your roof to guide the water to your rain barrel.
4. Hose nozzle
Another easy way to save water is by adding a nozzle at the end of your garden hose. This way, you can just shut off the water supply, using less or no water while walking around your yard or driveway with a running hose. It’s also important to maintain your hose, especially if it has leaks. If the damage is too much, you should buy a new garden hose and save more money and water over the long-term. - Aislinn Kee