Water conservation in the garden
We have had our longest day in the UK and while the days start to draw in, the warm weather continues. It is always a good idea to conserve as much water as possible at any time of the year and will help keep down the costs if you are on a water meter. There are a number of ways to save water in the garden.
Mulch your garden where possible. This will stop the soil drying out as quickly and will retain useful moisture. A mulch on top of hanging baskets and tubs will also help and has the added benefit of keeping weeds controlled. Adding water retention granules when planting your baskets and tubs will also help.
Install a water butt. This is very easy and most butts come with a kit to attach to your diverted drainpipe. Make the most of rainy days and use a hose or watering can to empty the butt when required.
Use the hose early or late in the day - this means less evaporation during the hottest part of the day. Only water where required - using a hose fitting with a 'trigger' action means you can stop and start the water as you move around, thereby wasting less. Lighter soils may require more watering than clay soil, so don't be tempted to water all your garden in the same way. Seep or soaker hoses are a good idea - they can sit on or just under the soil surface and 'drip feed' the ground around them. If you plan to be away, then an automatic system will keep your garden watered while you are away. Set it to come on for set periods every few days.
Use grey water from the bath or sink. Soap will not do plants any harm (and may indeed deter some bugs), but do not use grey water that has bleach, disinfectant or salt in, as this will harm the garden.
Easy ideas to save water - enjoy the garden!