Save water in your garden

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Small changes in water use make a big difference when multiplied by the millions of people we serve. Gardening typically accounts for much of the additional demand we see during hot weather, and this is where collectively we can all help conserve supplies.

Our top tips:

  • Use a watering can instead of a hose
  • If your garden needs watering, do so early morning or evening to reduce evaporation
  • Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose to clean your car (or leave it for another week – it’s only going to get dirty!)
  • Use any remaining water from your water butt first

Planning your garden

  • Plan your garden for low watering requirements
  • Choose plants that require little water such as thick, grey and silver-leafed plants. Mulch and water thoroughly when planting
  • Avoid open south-facing areas – provide some shelter from sun and wind
  • Provide good ground cover. This reduces weeds and shades roots from the drying sun and wind
  • Purchase water – absorbing crystals and mix into pots to reduce the need for watering

During dry spells

  • Water less; most mature plants will survive a dry spell
  • Adjust your lawnmower to cut your grass longer – this will shade the roots from the sun
  • Leave cuttings on the lawn – they will form a mulch to protect and feed the grass
  • Keep lawns and beds weed-free, but avoid turning soil during dry weather
  • Water seedlings and planters around the roots early in the morning or in the cooler evening
  • Mulch around your borders: this will keep your soil cooler and deter weeds
  • Avoid deep or large paddling pools and re-use the water for plants in the evening

Using rainwater

  • Invest in a water butt. The average roof collects around 300 full water butts of rain per year. You can use a joining kit to connect two or more butts together for more storage
  • Always try to use a watering can, but if you do use a hose then make sure you have a trigger-operated spray gun attached
  • Use your rainwater for watering the garden, washing the car, cleaning paths and windows and topping up ponds (fish prefer rainwater)