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14/07/2022
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The 5 W’s of Wise Watering

Overview

Water works as a magical element keeping our outdoor space alive, but have you ever considered how much water your garden actually uses? We can assure you, your plants can grow healthier with just as much vibrancy using less water. Here are the 5 W’s of wise watering, to not only save water, but to water correctly.

What?

What plants should I grow in my garden?

Drought-tolerant plants are a great garden addition as they can survive with little water, relieving pressure on the environment and gardeners to maintain them. There is a huge variety of trees, shrubs and flowers that can reduce water-wastage while still creating an abundance of beautiful naturality. Remember, the plant still needs to be watered regularly until it is fully established.

A few of our favourite drought-tolerant plants include: lavender, salvia, sedum and achillea.

It’s time to ditch the lawn. Lawns are serious water consumers. Allow any lawn you do have to turn brown in warmer climates as it is guaranteed to bounce back when the rain returns. When it starts to look dormant, avoid watering and mowing as it will survive. Groundcover is an ideal lawn replacement, proving a water saving of close to 50%.  Requiring less water and mowing, these low-growing plants spread between larger plants, and look appealing too.

Take a look at our Groundcover Greats collection for inspiration.

Where?

Where should I collect the water?

Rainwater is an effective, costless source for plants that reduces carbon emissions and chemicals released into the environment. A simple method is to install a water butt, available in various sizes and forms. Although relatively heavy, water butts only require annual cleaning to avoid contamination. If you don’t have one, any large holeless container will do.

Greywater is another technique collected from washing dishes, windows, or vehicles. The water must be cool and funnelled when poured onto plants.

Take it one step further and install drain-pipe extensions that will allow water to filter through the ground rather than cause flooding during heavy rainfall.

 

Water Butt blog post

 

When?

When should I water my plants?

If possible, water your plants in the morning to ease demand and retain moisture. Believe it or not, the less you water your plants, the less they will need. You can train them to adapt to drier conditions and drink slower. Plants can produce a substance that allows the leaf pores to close and avoid water loss. A good, deep watering targeted at the base of the plant encourages strong root growth and limits water use.

Why?

Why should I use less water?

Water is a limited and precious resource that we often take for granted. Using less will not only save money but help to save the environment in the long run. While we’re not going to run out of water anytime soon, gardeners can be a huge part in meeting demand and reducing the amount of chemicals released into the air. Every watering decision we make today has an impact on the future of our resources, so lets make it a positive one!

Which?

Which soil type should I use?

Soil holds the key to sustainable gardening. You don’t need the ‘best’ soil on the market, but healthy soil is crucial for providing nutrients and storing carbon. Aeration is also essential for root growth and structure which can be achieved by using organic soil. If you’re looking for a substance that not only works as an insulating material reducing evaporation but also prevents weeds and pests, then mulch is your best friend.

Soil type blog post

The water-wasting days are behind us.

Happy Gardening!