Taking care of the Earth and reducing both global warming and climate change is everyone’s responsibility. While doing things like recycling is good, there are additional ways in which you can help. By conserving water when gardening, you can both help protect the environment and save yourself some money. You may be surprised to know that conserving water in your garden may actually help you plants to grow healthier.
Conserving Water: How to Do It
The plans you choose to grow in your garden will greatly affect how you conserve water. You will want to choose plants that can handle limited amounts of water. By selecting the right plants, you will be able to greatly reduce the amount of water that you will need to use in your garden. It will also mean less work for you in maintaining your garden.
While cacti may quickly come to mind as plants that do not require much water, there are many other plants that fit in this category as well. Lavender, juniper, moss roses, and California poppies can all grow well with limited amounts of water.
Evergreen and pine trees are also well suited for a garden where water conservation will be employed. In some cases, using plants that are indigenous to your area may be a good choice in your water conservation garden. This is because native plants are already accustomed to growing in your local area regardless of what weather they may come up against. Usually, planting indigenous plants in your garden will help you save water.
Making good use of an efficient watering system is also essential. Using a hose or watering can to dump water on each and every plant is definitely not a good way to conserve water in your garden. This method winds up wasting lots of water on leaves and branches of you plants. Keep in mind that you want to water the soil where the plant’s roots are.
In order to waste as little water as is possible, you should use a drip or trickle irrigation system. One extremely simple example of a drip irrigation system is a sprinkler hose. These irrigation systems will help you to maximize the amount of water that gets to the roots of your plants while minimizing the amount of water that gets wasted.
All you have to do to use a sprinkler hose is lay it down around the plants you want to water and then connect the hose to an outdoor tap. Slotted hose systems are a little more complicated but can still be installed without professional assistance.