Watering your garden can be one of the most expensive household tasks you do every day.
There’s loads of advice on how to use less water in the home, but what about your garden? There are actually really easy, manageable ways you can reduce the amount of water you use in your garden – and it doesn’t take as much work as you might think.
Use a water butt to water your garden
A lot of people are usually put off by water butts, you’re probably thinking you need to fit it to your drain pipe, find a stand for it, and secure it in place. Sure, for one of those easy Sunday afternoon jobs, it doesn’t sound too fun. But you don’t need to go through all that faff. Your water butt can just be popped outside your back door, no sawing bits of drainage pipes, no faff. Simply leave it there and pour in your left over dish washing water, the cold water you collect in the shower before it’s comfortable to get it, or even your pasta water.
It’ll fill up before you know it, and it can be used to water your garden for free.
Drought friendly plants
That horrible word, ‘drought’, ah! No need to worry here though, drought friendly plants just mean they’re plants that you don’t have to water all the time. Your garden doesn’t need to look like a dessert, there are tonnes of beautiful flowers for you to pick from.
Why not consider these drought friendly plants for your garden:
- Butterfly Bush
- Lily of the Nile
- Fuchsia Hardy
And I bet you could find loads more in your local garden centre.
Let your grass go
Brown grass isn’t easy on the eye, let’s be fair. But watering your grass is probably the fastest way to through your money (if you’re on a meter that is). It’s not only incredibly time consuming, but it’s completely unnecessary. Your grass will grow back as green and full as it was before, you just need to wait for a couple of days of rain.
Hoses aren’t the only way you can water your garden
Using your hose is easy, right? But did you know it uses 170 litres of water for every 10 minutes that it is turned on? Your watering can is a much better way to cut down on your water use and as you’re only giving the plants what they need (and not accidentally blasting them with the strongest flow) it’s friendlier for them too.
If you’re wondering what more you can do to save water and money in your garden, approach everything and think ‘is there a better way of doing this?’. Most of the time you’ll find that with just a little more effort, you can figure out ways to reduce your water usage by the bucket load.
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