A beautiful garden needs sun, soil and water. I am going to talk about ways to effectively water your garden to keep it lush and healthy all season. Water is precious resource. With these five tips and garden tools, you’ll water more efficiently and save time and money.
Choose drought tolerant plants. If your plants don’t need as much as water, then it takes away from some of your work. So plants like sedum, ornamental grasses and lantana don’t require as much water. Look for the waterwise label. That’ll point you to plants that don’t require as much as watering.
Choose the right gardening tools for the job. If you got a few small containers and a couple of small plants, the watering can is fine. It is easily portable and holds a little bit of water in there for you to move throughout. Now if you got to do a little bit of more watering, you want to go to something like the watering line. It allows you to water across the garden or even in containers with a nice gentle sprinkle, and you can turn it on and off so you don’t have to waste water as you are moving between plants.
We have the sprinkler system and it can do a lot of work for us. You go out and set it down in the garden and that’s it. Now you can install a timer on it and actually have it go off every day at a certain time and really cut back on your work. You can do the same thing with the drip system, too. It is a series of plastic tubes. They basically plug into your hose and they’ll drop the water off. They have holes in them to emit right where the plant is. So it is gonna drop the water exactly where the plant is at the base and roots of it.
Add a moisture retentive amendment to your soil. A rich organic soil is a lot less thirsty than a poor lean soil. Adding peat moss or compost to your soil is like adding a bunch of tiny little sponges. They soak up all the moisture and they have it available for the plants during the dryer times. For just amending your soil with peat moss, compost and other organic matter can really cut back on the amount of watering you’ll have to do.
You should mulch the entire garden. Mulch acts basically as the lid on top of the soil. A lot of water is lost through evaporation. Mulch helps stop that and keeps the water in the soil where the roots have access to it. Even containers should be mulched. Anywhere you have plants. Spread some mulch out.
Collect your own water. There is no need to pay for water if Mother Nature will provide it for free. Check with a local municipality to see if you can install a rain barrel under your gutters or somewhere near your eaves. With these smart tips, you use less water, less time and less money.