Water efficiency for gardens is a hot topic these days. With crazy weather all over the country, from droughts to deluges, we are more aware than ever of the value of water. You’ve probably seen it in your water bills and feel it in your wallet when you overwater your yard or garden. We’ve got the tips and tricks you need to maximize water efficiency in your garden this summer.
Time Your Watering
When you water is as important as how much you water. Watering in the morning is the best way to get the most growth from your plants and flowers during the hot summer months. The moisture can soak into the soil and down to the roots before the sun’s heat causes evaporation and dries the dirt. It’s also better to water in the morning to prevent fungus. As the sun goes down and the air cools, it’s more likely water left on the leaves from irrigation will sit and promote fungus growth without the warm sun to dry it.
Add Mulch to Your Garden’s Soil
Adding mulch to your soil is one of the best and easiest ways to prevent evaporation and maximize water efficiency in your garden. An inch will insulate your plants and the ground around them to help prevent the water from evaporating. It keeps the soil moist and adds organic material to support the plants and their root systems. Your garden will retain moisture more efficiently, and you’ll have healthier soil, too.
Check Your Hoses and Irrigation System
Nothing wastes water quicker than a leaky hose or sprinkler system. Loose or faulty washers where the hose connects to the spigot is the most common place to find a leak and a lot of water wasted. Another waste issue arises with old, cracked hoses. If your hose isn’t flexible enough to prevent cracking, it’s time to invest in a new one. Another option to help increase water efficiency for gardens is to invest in soaker or drip irrigation that slowly waters in specific areas to allow for effective absorption of the water down into the plant’s roots.
If you’re not getting the most out of your garden irrigation this summer, talk to the professionals about maximizing efficiency for a healthier garden and reduced water use. Contact the team at W.P. Law for the guidance you need to set yourself up for a gorgeous yard and lower water bills.