Water is one of the most important resources on the planet and we have to be very careful not to waste it because we need it to drink, to keep our environment clean, to build things and to grow things.
Plants need water just as much as we do and even though we have to water the garden, we also have to make sure that every drop that we put on the garden counts.
Here are some great water saving tips for your garden:
- INSTALL A RAINWATER TANK. Catch water off the roof and use this to water the garden. Plants love rainwater!
- ZONE THE PLANTS. Put all the plants that need lots of water, such as herbs and vegetables, in one garden bed and put all the tough plants that don’t need much water in a different garden bed. That way, the sprinklers for the vegetables can be on for longer than the plants that don’t need so much water. This is called ‘zoning’ because each group of plants has its own zone.
- APPLY MULCH. It acts like a blanket and stops the water in the soil from evaporating.
- APPLY A WETTING AGENT. This should be put on the garden twice a year to make sure that every drop of water goes right down into the soil where the plant’s roots are.
- CHOOSE YOUR PLANTS. Plants such as succulents, Mediterranean plants and Australian plants use much less water and are great if you live in an area that is hot and sunny.