Gardening is a wonderful hobby. It keeps you busy nearly all year long and can be a wonderful source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for you and your family. Unfortunately, some of us live in climates where gardening isn’t always easy.
Elevation, soil type, and PH balance can all be problematic in the gardening world, but can usually be overcome. A lack of water, on the other hand, is an issue that’s often much harder to solve, especially during summertime.
At American Property Experts, many of us are passionate gardeners with experience in a wide range of gardening issues, including water shortages. Over the years, we’ve learned how to use less water for gardening by employing a few simple tricks and water conservation methods, and we’d like to share them with you!
Check out our favorite strategies for saving water during summertime gardening:
1. Water most plants in the morning.
Temperatures are much lower in the morning, which means less evaporation and more time for your plants to soak up their daily drink. Plus, once well-hydrated, your outdoor plants stand a much better chance of surviving a very hot day. For outdoor plants that are also potted, you may have to consider watering twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, as potted plants tend to dry out more quickly.
2. Capture rainwater.
This one is as simple as placing a bucket or barrel beneath your downspout to catch as much water as possible every time it rains. Rainwater is good for your garden because it doesn’t contain the fluoride and other chemicals that our drinking water is often treated with. Plus it’s free, so it’ll help your water bill go down as well!
3. Recycle household water.
Much like how you shouldn’t waste rainwater, neither should you waste water in your home. There are plenty of ways to make use of household water that would otherwise just go down the drain. For example, you can water your plants with leftover water from boiling potatoes or pasta. You can also put a couple of 5-gallon buckets in your shower to capture excess water. Finally, you can also take extra or old water from dehumidifiers and fish tanks and use it on your plants!
4. Don’t mow your grass too short.
The shorter your grass is, the more of the dirt underneath is exposed to heat from the sun, which can cause a lot of available water to evaporate before it ever nourishes your lawn. Instead, consider not cutting your grass any shorter than two inches, as this will help shade your lawn and preserve water.
5. Use compost and natural, organic soils.
Organic matter holds water much better than artificial matter does. Composting is a great, organic way to keep moisture in your garden, plus it’s easy. All it takes is a worm farm or compost bin, a few food scraps, and you’re ready to get started! Organic, screened topsoil
is another great way to keep your garden moist and healthy.
6. Water soil, not plants.
By watering your soil directly, you’re ensuring that hydration is reaching your plants’ roots as quickly and efficiently as possible. By contrast, watering your plants’ leaves or flowers is wasteful, can contribute to mold growth, inhibits light absorption, and can cause damage if they’re still wet come nightfall.
7. Check for leaks.
This one seems like it wouldn’t make that big of a difference, but it really does! One simple leak in a hose or outdoor faucet can cause thousands of gallons of water to be wasted every year. That’s not just bad for the environment, it’s bad for your water bill too. Thankfully prevention is easy. Just make sure to check your outdoor water sources for leaks once weekly and replace washers and broken hoses regularly.
8. Go for low-water plants.
The perfect plants
are ones that thrive with little water, especially drought-resistant plants
and those native to your area. These include things like white fir, lavender, palm trees, succulents, and many more. Even if you don’t choose one of these, you can lessen your water use by understanding some general characteristics of low-water and high-water plants. For example, plants with narrower, fuzzier leaves that are grey or silver-ish tend to require less water. By contrast, plants with larger, green leaves, or new plants that are still growing, tend to guzzle water much faster.
9. Use plenty of high-quality mulch.
Mulch is one of the best ways to keep water in soil and prevent evaporation. Not only does it help keep the heat of the sun out, but it prevents weeds from taking root and stealing water as well. The recycled, all-natural mulches
we produce in bulk at American Property Experts are the perfect solution to your mulch needs.
10. Check the weather before you water.
The forecast can have a huge impact on your garden and how much water you use. Obviously, if it’s going to be hot and sunny, you’ll want to water like usual, and maybe even a little more. But, if it’s going to be overcast, rainy, or cooler than usual, you can probably use a lot less water than you usually do.
11. Don’t overwater!
This probably goes without saying, but overwatering is one of the worst things you can do for your garden. It increases the chance of root rot, washes nutrients out of the soil, and prevents roots from growing deeply and establishing a stronghold. Not to mention that it’s wasteful, both environmentally and financially!
So there you have it! With these easy watering tricks for your garden, you’ll be growing more efficiently than ever. Plus you’ll be making a serious impact on the environment and encouraging others to look into water conservation options for their gardens!
And don’t forget, for the best organic soil and mulches, along with land clearing, soil screening, and wood grinding services, don’t forget to stop by one of American Property Experts’ two Wilmington locations
at 606 Sunnyvale Drive or 2831 N. Kerr Avenue.