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Saving Water In The Garden

By Howard Martin

The world is becoming more aware of the scarcity and fragility of this precious resource, and worldwide we are being urged to conserve water. In addition, it is becoming more expensive each year. Reducing the amount of used water in a garden is easy and affordable.

Mulching means covering the bare soil around plants with organic matter. Mulch allows for soil to maintain its nutrients and moisture. Exposed soil can be covered by dead grass leaves or tree bark. If your garden does not supply enough, bark, nut shells and other organic mulch is available at nurseries.

Choosing your plants carefully can save a lot of water. Indigenous plants are native to your area and therefore adapted to thrive in local conditions. Indigenous plants survive on an abundance of winter rainfall and lack of summer rainfall. This will not only save you a lot of water, it will also attract more birds to your garden.

Removing plants unlike those in the garden can save water. Foreign plants need an adequate amount of water to survive. Plants not suited for current conditions weaken and kill near by plants. Foreign plants are able to ruin a garden by killing other plants by sucking out their nutrients. Replace them with indigenous plants.

Watch when you water. Watering a plant in the evening can reduce moisture loss during the summer. This also prevents grass and leaves from burning in the midday sun. Avoid watering plants at night to preserve life and keep roots from freezing over. If you have an irrigation system with a timer, make sure you change it with each season to make sure you don’t waste water. Set a timer to save water in rainy seasons.

Consider investing in a water tank to collect rainwater all year round for watering the garden and filling the swimming pool. Another option is to install a grey water recycling system that will purify the grey water from baths, showers and sinks for use in the garden. Purifying water by heating it up can reduce water consumption.

Saving water is becoming more important every day, and saving water in the garden is perhaps the easiest way to cut down on your usage. Introduce some of the ideas mentioned here, and watch your water utilities bill gradually shrink.

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Martin, Howard "Saving Water In The Garden." Saving Water In The Garden. 24 Jul. 2010. 12 Dec 2014 <>.

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Martin, Howard "Saving Water In The Garden"

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