Think About a Water Saving Garden
Did you know that 50 to 70% of most homeowners water budget goes to the garden? Did you know that on a global scale that water is the most valuable and at the same time a scarce resource? Have you thought about a water saving garden for your homestead?
I know that sometimes it is hard to wrap your arms around this subject. You turn on your tap and water flows out, your watching the news on flooding in some other part of the world. However water is a commodity you should not be wasting. What is in abundance now may not be in just a few short months and the government will be imposing restrictions.
Better get into the habit of implementing water saving garden tricks now rather than wait for a shortage to rear its ugly head.
Planning a Water Saving Garden
Some ideas to consider:
- Timing – It’s best to water in the early morning. Watering during the day loses a lot to evaporation due to the sun and the heat. Watering at night is not a good idea because the moisture will linger throughout the night promoting fungus and disease.
- Timing part II – Use a timer. A lot of your plants, especially your vegetables and flowers do not need greta volumes of water.
- Mulch – The use of mulch and or compost will not only keep the spent water from evaporating, it will also help to keep down weeds and will slowly feed your plants with good organic nutrients.
- Weeding – And speaking of weeds, do not let them stick around. Having a water saving garden is saving water for the plants you want, not the weeds you do not. Get rid of them.
- Efficient Plants – When it comes to flowers and ornamentals, try picking native plants of your own area and plants that do not require much in water needs. A well informed associate at a nursery of someone from the local cooperative extension office can point you in the right direction for the type of plants your looking for.
- Proper Watering – Do not water the driveway, the sidewalk, or other areas that are a waste of water. Use soaker hoses in your gardens. The foliage does not have to get watered, the roots are looking for the water.
- Collect the Rain – Walk into any home center and you will most likely come across a designed device to collect rainwater at the end of a gutter downspout. Nothing like free. You can use this to water container plants and for spot watering of plants that might need a little more to drink.
Natural Landscaping = A Water Saving Garden
Natural landscaping is adapted to the climate geography and hydrology and should require no pesticides fertilizers and watering to.…continued………..
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