Water is a precious, non-renewable resource. It gives life to all the fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers in our gardens. To keep our gardens lush and vibrant, water is essential. That being said, many people take water for granted. North Americans are the largest consumers of water in the world. Water consumption is at an all time high and it is important for people to realize that fresh, clean water is scarce, especially during droughts. Fortunately, we are not doomed. One simple solution is to use less water in our homes and gardens. Using less water will not only benefit the environment, but it will also save you money!
Here are some ways to reduce your water consumption:
- Avoid using a lawn sprinkler, as they waste too much water. Better yet, go lawn-less and replace your lawn with a field of wildflowers.
- Drip irrigation is more effective and energy efficient than watering with a garden hose.
- The best time to water your plants is early in the morning between the hours of 4-8 am or late at night, which will minimize evaporation.
- Grow drought-tolerant plants, grasses, shrubs and flowers. Native plants, not only conserves water, but they are also pest and disease resistant than non-native plants.
- Adding a layer of mulch around garden plants will help keep the soil’s moisture and nutrients in.
- Use a rain barrel to collect rain water.
- Do not overfertilize your plants. Plants that are overfertilized will require more water to support their growth. Always follow the directions on the packaging. Consider using slow-release fertilizers instead.
Remember: less is more!