Be Water-wise!

February 23, 2020
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Be Eco-friendly when gardening

It’s easy to use more water than you require when running a bath, washing the pots and even watering your plants. You may not see this as an issue, but small changes to your gardening routine throughout the summer can save you time, water and money!

watering

 

When the days get longer and temperatures steadily rise, it is important to water your garden regularly. Whilst ensuring plants are well watered, it is equally important to ensure that drainage isn’t affected. Below are some top tips to make your gardening jobs easier and water-wise!

Top tips:

Make use of a water butt,
Fill watering cans,
Make use of mulch,
Choose drought resistant plants,
Water at appropriate times.

 

Water Butt
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A water butt is a large container that can be placed under pipes from your guttering to collect rain water. This is an Eco-friendly way to collect water because not only is it free, rain water is often considered to be better water source for your plants. You can often buy water butts from a local garden centre, however, you can also create your own small water butt by using a bucket or medium sized container!

Avoid using a hose
watering can

Using a hose is a simple way to water a large area of greenery. Although this may seem like an easy way to water your crops, it is extremely wasteful. The water often sprays on paths and areas that don’t require any water. One way to avoid this is to attach a hose gun to the end of your existing hose. This will allow you to adjust the spray setting and aim the water at certain garden areas. You can also select how powerful you want the spray to be, which enables you to concentrate on the areas that need more water. Alternatively, you could fill a watering can with a certain amount of water and use this to water your flower beds (this way you can be in control of how much water you use).

Mulch
mulch

Mixing organic, natural matter such as leaf mould, twigs and soil is the perfect way to not only protect plants from potential frosts in early Spring, but also retain soil moisture. Adding mulch to your garden area and flower beds will reduce evaporation from the surface, something which is important during the warm months.

Take care with plant selection
drought

When selecting plants to grow in your garden, it is often better to choose a drought-tolerant variety. Plants that can survive on minimal rainfall throughout the summer will mean that they aren’t relying on garden and allotment owners to water them regularly. This also means that you aren’t using as much water. Drought resistant plants are often established in environments that receive little or no rainfall, such as the desert. Normally you wouldn’t need drought-resistant plants in the UK, however below is a list that you may want to choose from:

  • Euphorbia- This is a very large type of flowering plant. It’s interesting to know that Poinsettias that are commonly used at Christmas time are a type of Euphorbia. Another interesting fact about Euphorbia’s, is that there are approximately 2000 members.
  • Cortaderia Selloana- This is often referred to as ‘pampas grass’ and is a flowering plant that can reach an amazing height of 3 metres! This is a tall grass that would look lovely in a rockery area or beds and borders section of your garden.
  • Pinus (Pine)- A Pine is a conifer within the family of Pinaceae.
  • Abelia x Grandiflora- If you are looking for a medium-large sized shrub to plant in your  garden area, the Abelia x Grandiflora is a deciduous shrub with branches that can reach 1.8 metres in height.

Hopefully with the provided information, you can deign your garden in a way that can be water-wise. For further information on any of our useful products such as Mulch and Soil, please visit our website on www.gravelmaster.co.uk or contact a member of our sales team on 0330 058 50 68 who would be happy to help!

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