Blog Post: Tuesday March 20, 2018

A Waterwise Garden

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The second day of Water Saving Week is all about saving water in the garden. Sharon, SaveWater South East Project Manager at Waterwise shares some tips for a Waterwise garden.

At last the sun is shining (well occasionally) and Spring is in the air, which for some people means a return to the garden. This year why not pledge to become a Waterwise gardener? There are lots of easy simple things that you can do to make your garden green, glorious as well as water efficient. Follow our tips to help you on your way and if you have any you’d like to share, let us know at @Waterwise using #WaterSavingWeek hastag.

  1. Look after you soil by adding organic matter which helps improve the soils structure and retain moisture.
  2. Mulch flowerbeds and around the base of shrubs and trees as this helps prevents moisture from evaporating during dry spells. Compost, bark and even pebbles can be used to mulch.
  3. Add water-retentive granules or gel to compost in hanging baskets and containers.
  4. Plant drought resistant plant such as lavender, palms, mimosa and verbena
  5. Install a water butt  to collect free rainwater – a water butt can collect enough water during the year to fill 500 water cans.
  6. Hang up the hose – use less water by using a watering can rather than the hose, which can use up to 1000 litres per hour.  If you must use a hose ensure its fitted with a trigger gun.
  7. Water plants early in the morning or late in the evening and directly onto the plant (not the leaves) – these tips help minimises the amount of water that is lost through evaporation
  8. Keep grass longer as it will be able to trap the morning dew and hold onto moisture  better and for longer.
  9. When you do mow,  leave grass cuttings on the lawn to conserve moisture.
  10. Finally, don’t worry if the lawn goes brown, it will turn green again in the autumn when the rains come.

There you have it some simple easy tips to help become a Waterwise gardener. Check out the infographic here for more information.

 

Happy Gardening!

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