Watering your backyard resulting in a costly water bill by the month? Fear not for we have a few ideas for you which will help you save water and help the environment.
Let’s take a look at what you can do to reduce water consumption.
Go for Native Plants
Why native plants? Most of the native plants are already established and don’t require a lot of watering. These plants also are resistant to pests and diseases because they have grown in the area. Hence, you don’t have to use a lot of pesticides or insecticides. Also, you won’t need to use a lot of fertilizers compared to what you would have had to if you had planted new trees. Save yourself the troubles and keep it simple. Rather than going wild and planting non-native species that could require a lot of watering and attention, focus on the plants that thrive in your climate. A couple examples of native plants are the Canada anemone, Arnica.
Sort Plants According to Their Characteristics
Once you’ve selected your plants, it’s time to group them together. Your thirstiest should go together, potentially near the house to take advantage of rainfall coming off the roof. Then, you could put plants that need drip irrigation or sprinkler water further away from the ones that really need a lot of it. And the ones that need less watering should go away from the thirsty plants. If you put plants together by how much water they need, you’ll cut time and use less water.
Plant at least one tree in your yard. To water plants efficiently, shovel soil and mulch into a donut-shaped berm as wide as the tree branches. Fill the berm with water, using a hose or buckets then let it percolate into the soil slowly. You could also water just the roots of your perennials, annuals, and shrubs—don’t shower the leaves. This cuts the risk of fungal disease and reduces evaporation and saves water.
Mulch — whether organic or inorganic — helps save water by keeping the soil cool, reducing evaporation and it also helps the roots to stay healthy. Mulch needs to be replaced on a regular basis, 2 to 3 inches at a time. Organic mulch is made up of compost, bark chips and pine needles. These break down and also add nutrients to the soil. Inorganic mulch consists of rocks, papers and pebbles. These are permanent but can fluctuate more in temperature. It’s always better to add organic mulch, which is more effective.
This is the most important of all. Watering should be done efficiently and at appropriate times so your plants get the most water absorption. You should water early in the morning when temperatures are at their coolest during spring and summer. If you have new or transplanted flowers and shrubs, they will need less water. Never water in the middle of the day or at sunset–middle of the day is the highest evaporation time and dusk will encourage fungus and mildew growth overnight.
With our water saving landscape ideas, you can save a lot of water while maintaining your garden or backyard in top notch condition. Water conservation is the need of the hour and if everyone takes it up sincerely, it will definitely be better for future generations to come.