Water Saving Tips

Improve the soil

By improving your soil conditions it will enable you to retain more moisture in the soil. Add organic materials such as composts and soil conditioners. Potted plants should be planted with a good quality potting mix and topped up regularly to maintain vital nutrients to keep the plant healthy. Healthy plants require less water. The use of water saving crystals will also cut down on watering.

Mulch! Mulch! Mulch!

Mulching is a vital function in any garden – it conserves valuable moisture in the soil, reducing the required amount of water. Mulch needs to be applied in a layer thick enough to reduce evaporation and weed growth. Ensure you leave a clear area directly around the stems of plants to prevent rotting. A variety of products can be used as mulch and these include pebbles, organic mulches, graded bark, pea straw & compost. Organic mulches break down and add nutrients to the soil, which in turn creates a moist and healthy environment for plants. Top up your mulch from time to time to maintain their effectiveness. We stock & recommend the full range of Jeffries Compost, Soil & Mulch.

Paving

Consider using paving as an option for larger existing garden areas. Pavers look stunning with giant colourful or sandstone ornamental pots containing water wise plants like cordyline or flax. This provides a striking effect to an area and will cut down on the amount of water previously used for garden beds.

Group plants

Group plants together in the same area according to their watering requirements. If a plant only needs a good watering every week or so, plant it in the near vicinity of other plants requiring similar conditions. By doing this you will create watering zones and hence cut down water consumption overall.

Choose wisely

Careful selection of plants is very important. Choose plants that do not require large amounts of water. Select plants that have already adapted to our conditions. Hardy natives, roses and herbs including rosemary, thyme, and lavender are all water wise plants only requiring a good deep soaking weekly during the summer months and little or no watering at other times.

Shade

Trees provide shade for other plants and reduce water evaporation. Consider putting up pergolas, lattice or screens with paving underneath or nearby to reduce garden bed sizes in wind prone and high evaporation areas.

Timing is everything

Avoid watering when it is windy or hot. Generally the best time is early in the morning or late in the evening after the sun has gone down. Remember to follow the current water restrictions that are in place in area.

Divide and conquer

Lay pathways throughout lawn areas to define the lawn and reduce large areas that need constant watering. Formal gardens can be hemmed with box hedges or rosemary hedges. Lawns should be aerated in spring to help water soak into the soil.