There are many good reasons why you need to be conserving water while gardening. For starters, it can help you save money on your water bill, especially if you live in an area where water is hard to get or costs a lot. Second, it can help by limiting how much water is taken from rivers, lakes, or the ground, it can help protect your local environment. Lastly, it can help plants grow that can grow in dry places, minimizing the need for excessive watering and, as a result, making your garden more robust to climate change.
Water conservation reduces the stress on existing water resources and the need to spend a lot of money on new water infrastructure. Also, saving water can help reduce energy use because it takes a lot of energy to pump and clean water.
How to reduce water usage in landscaping
1. Choose native plants.
Native plants are plants and animals that grow naturally in a certain area and have adjusted to the climate, soil, and other conditions there. Native plants are often easy to care for and need less water, fertilizer, and pesticides than non-native plants. Using native plants in landscaping can make it last longer and have a more environmentally friendly design, as well as things like attracting wildlife and making the soil healthier.
2. Group plants according to water needs.
Grouping plants together is an important part of low-maintenance landscaping. Planting plants with similar needs, like those that need the same amount of water and light, close to each other can make maintenance tasks like watering and trimming easier. Planting in groups also makes your garden look better and saves you from having to buy extra things like irrigation systems or mulch. Planting in groups can also stop weeds from growing and give your garden a more natural, blended look.
3. Incorporate mulch.
Mulch is a low-maintenance landscaping solution that has a lot of benefits. Mulch can aid in the retention of soil moisture, the regulation of soil temperature, and the suppression of weed growth. It can also make the soil healthier and more nutrient-rich, and it can give garden beds a clean, uniform look. Mulching can also lessen the need for watering, fertilizing, and insect management, making it a cost-effective and environmentally friendly landscaping solution.
4. Water deeply and infrequently
Another low-maintenance landscaping approach that encourages healthy plant growth and minimizes water waste is deep and infrequent irrigation. Deep, infrequent watering causes roots to grow deeper into the soil in search of water, which makes plants stronger and more durable. It also cuts down on water loss from evaporation and runoff, as well as the chance of overwatering, which can stress plants, cause diseases, and make weeds grow. This method also saves time and labor as less frequent watering is required.
5. Use efficient irrigation systems
Water should be distributed efficiently and evenly to garden beds using autonomous irrigation systems such as drip irrigation or sprinklers, avoiding the risk of over or under watering. This also promotes healthy plant growth while reducing weed growth. Irrigation systems can also be programmed on timers, making it simple and convenient to water on a continuous schedule.
By using these tips, you can save water on your landscaping this spring and still have a beautiful, healthy yard. You’ll also save money on your water bill and use less water. Reducing water usage on your Bartlett property’s outdoor spaces can help ensure we have enough clean and safe water for future generations.
Originally Published on April 16, 2021
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