Precious water is vital to any garden, but unfortunately, it can be easily wasted on a lawn or landscape. In fact, during the summer, half of all household water use goes to the lawn and garden.
The good news is there are things you can do to dramatically reduce water consumption, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden.
8 Steps to Make Your Garden More Waterwise:
- Plant trees and shrubs when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees and before the heat of summer. Remember, the best time to plant is fall.
- Choose waterwise or native plants such as ornamental grasses, succulents, silver-foliage plants and tough perennials.
- Water slowly and more deeply in the morning. This enables you to water less frequently. Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses. If you have a professional irrigation system, install a rain sensor.
- Install rain barrels.
- Create a rain garden to capture runoff.
- Choose large pots. Use terra cotta only for succulents or cacti. Terra cotta pots absorb water.
- Install a drip irrigation kit with a timer for containers.
- Use biodegradable mulch. Don’t mix wood mulch into the soil layer. Instead, allow it to decay in place. If you live in a wooded area, use shredded leaves or pine straw instead of chopped wood as mulch.