Miss Landscape

Whilst experiencing substantial periods of rain here in the UK, we can also see long dry spells during the summer months. Water harvesting can be a useful tool when it comes to preserving water for your garden which is beneficial for the environment as well as your water bill! 

Here are just a few tips to help you save.

Maximise the use of water

Invest in a good water hose! Regularly check your water hoses and make sure the washers are properly installed to minimize water loss. Alternatively, if you have a bigger budget, consider installing a soaker hoses irrigation system. The irrigation system will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation and runoff.

Timing is key

Choosing the best time of day to water can also help with your water conservation. Water at night is not the most efficient as this leads to mildews and fungi potentially infecting your plants. The best time to water is during the early morning hours.

Mulching

 Adding a layer of organic mulch to your garden helps retain the moisture content of your soil by effectively insulating and improving the quality of your soil. The mulch will eventually decompose making it richer, more supportive for plants as well as retain more moisture, which in turn requires less watering.

Collect rain water

Set up a rainwater collection system in your garden or around your house. Use this water to water your planters and pots.

By treating water as an important and valuable commodity and using some imagination and the right home tools, you can have a beautiful and lush garden in areas that may experience drought.

Choose suitable plants

Take into account our changing climate by having particular plants based on where you are located and the recent years' weather patterns. Drought tolerant plants naturally require less watering. Also, if you have a garden that is wet and boggy for most of the year, utilize this space by adding plants that love the wet ground.