With the onset of a dry season, comes the need to water plants more frequently. This in turn however can become a costly endeavor depending on the size of ones property. In today’s blog, we will take a look at some shortcuts so you can avoid overpaying for water costs.
The first thing you can do is water your potted plants in the afternoon and your garden in the morning. When you water your garden in the morning, the sun is not yet at its highest, meaning the plants have more time to absorb the water you are giving them. With potted plants however, research has found that when they were watered after noon, they outperformed plants watered in the morning.
Saving your cooking water and reusing it for plants is also and excellent idea. Water from boiling and steaming vegetables is rich in nutrients and when cooled off acts as a fertilizer for plants. The same can be said for fish tank water.
Adding water retentive granules or gel into your compost or using premixed compost helps in saving water as well as adding organic matter to the soil can help improve its composition. Mulching can also aid with trapping moisture during the dry season.
Xeriscaping, also referred to as drought-tolerant landscaping is another practice that is being implemented. Xeriscaping is particularly useful in areas where water is not readily accessible as it relies on using plant life that can survive on small amounts of water.
When keeping all of these in mind, it is also good to remember that proper irrigation techniques and a well maintained irrigation system could also have a huge impact on water consumption in your garden.