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8 Tips For a More Water-Wise Garden

Sensible gardeners and landscapers don’t typically take things for granted when it comes to water. While it’s impossible to grow and maintain a stunning garden without plenty of the wet stuff, this doesn’t mean that wasting water should be considered acceptable.

Water is a precious, priceless asset the likes of which everyone should make an effort to conserve. From the smallest home gardeners to expert landscapers at all levels, there’s plenty that can be done to conserve water. Even if there’s no hosepipe ban or restrictions in place, this doesn’t mean that proactive water-conservation methods shouldn’t be considered mandatory.

The good news being that working towards a more water-wise garden doesn’t have to be difficult. What’s more, it can also work wonders for your plants. So if looking to do the right thing for the environment and your garden alike, take a few pointers from the best landscapers in the business when it comes to water-wise gardening:

1. Add organic matter to your soil

First and foremost, don’t fall into the trap of assuming that all soil is the same. It isn’t – in terms of quality, nutrients and its ability to hold onto water, no two samples of soil are ever truly identical. One of the most effective ways of improving your soil’s ability to hold onto water for longer is to add organic matter to the soil. And of course, doing so could also work wonders for your plants at the same time.

2. Deliver water to the roots

The problem with applying water to a garden the traditional way is that much (if not most) of the water goes to waste. You need to get as much of the water as possible right down into the root zone, in order to avoid wastage. Soaker hoses are a great way of making this happen – especially compared to sprinklers which are less than 50% efficient. Explore strategic water delivery systems as used by professional landscapers.

3. Use mulch to hold water

Mulch brings so many benefits to the garden that you’d have to be crazy not to use it. From weed control to balancing temperatures to retaining essential moisture for longer, it really is worth its weight in gold. And the fact that it’s technically free and incredibly easy to make also makes it something of a no-brainer the average landscaper wouldn’t ever be caught without. Get started mulching today, if you haven’t already.

4. Embrace free water

Chances are, the great British climate alone will provide you with all the water you need to cover your gardening needs throughout the year. It’s simply a case of making the most of it – doing your best to collect as much rainwater as possible and storing it for future use. There are countless DIY systems set up and used by landscapers, along with purchased water butts and channelling systems to really make the most of every drop. 

5. Choose plants carefully

It’s also worth putting additional thought into which plants you choose in the first place. Some species are naturally more demanding than others and struggle to survive when water is scarce. By contrast, others need to be watered far less regularly and are impressively durable. To give yourself an easier ride and to use less water in your garden, think carefully about the plants you decide to grow.

6. Reduce your lawn size

Your grass will inherently soak up just about as much water as you can provide throughout the year. Lawns are notoriously thirsty and demanding when it comes to moisture – assuming you want to keep yours in the best possible condition. So instead of attempting to keep a huge lawn looking simply ‘ok’, why not reduce the size of your lawn and keep it in stunning condition? Less water and less work for you – a top tip from leading landscapers.

7. Plan before planting

Plan ahead and take into consideration things like water flow, shade, drainage, shelter, sunlight, nearby plants and so on. This way, you’ll have the opportunity to help ensure your plants are provided with everything they need naturally and with minimal input from you.

8. Keep plants healthy

Last but not least, keeping plants healthy in the first place is infinitely easier and more efficient than attempting to nurse them back to health. You’ll use less water, you’ll find things much easier to deal with and you garden will look better throughout the year.

Simple tips from leading landscapers on how all gardeners can improve their water-efficiency with ease.

 

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