Tips for saving water in the garden

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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)

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