If you have a Home garden or a terrace garden, summer is a difficult season for the plants. Summers take a toll not just on you but also on your plants. Today, most regions do not have access to a lot of water and only, sparingly for gardening. We need to keep a check on the water usage. Apart from the fact that there is water shortage, it is only wise to make use of natural resources judiciously. like for most natural resources, we should use water wisely.
It is advisable to follow the methods of water conservation that keep your household water footprint in check. With a little planning and design adjustments, you may be able to maintain a stunning garden.
The Thumb Rule
The foremost thing to understand before setting out on the task is that no matter where you live and how big your lawn is, plants need about 1″ depth of water per week. To find out how much water reaches them from Mother Nature, dig a little hole in some prominent point in the ground and stick a measuring cup in it. Seen how much it measures? Now the rest is to be done by your sprinklers.
Find the spot
You already know that there will be the light and shadow game in your open space. Similarly, the water run-off may also differ across the ground. If you can club together the plants that require similar levels of sun and water, it will be an easier for you to water them each time. Instead of watering the entire property and ending up in a muddy swamp, you may have to water just the chosen bits here and there. Genius, isn’t that?
Since our planet offers us varied physical divisions, the deserts are equally great gardening coaches as hills or plains are. Xeriscaping, as a method, originated in desert areas. It refers to growing plants that are tolerant to drought, or shortage of water, to put it simply. These plants, owing to their slightly different visual quotient, make for stunning landscapes even when the water is scarce. We think these plants make for great boundaries, but we’d advise you to consult a professional landscaper first. They have a quick hand at presenting several possible arrangements that may suit the liking and convenience of their clients.
It is taught in basic grades of schooling that compost makes soil healthy. And healthy soil retains its water for longer than overused soil that hasn’t been taken care of. Keep your compost game on point, and save up on water.
Mulch it nicely
You sure remember that wooden dust-like substance that attracted us as kids. It is called Mulch, and is totally organic in nature. What if we told you that it is a great water-locking substance if used in soil? Mix some mulch in your soil, and believe us, it is going to prevent water from evaporating immediately. That ways, you wouldn’t have to irrigate your plants too often. Another linked advantage, you will notice a drop in the population of weeds.
The best time to water your plants is before the sun gets too hot, around 9 a.m. That way, the plants get sufficient time to absorb the water and the sun’s heat does not cause evaporation. To save wind drift, opt for calmer days to water them. When rain is expected, turn off your sprinklers, and let Mother Nature take over.
There are several other things that can be done and should be taken care of when you are setting out to maintain your lawn alongside keeping an eye on your water usage. Here are some handy tips…
- To prevent the soil from running off, it is advisable to maintain a low pressure in the hose when watering. Another trick, read how a terrace farm works. Grow your plants in stair format and you’re done. The soil eroded at the higher level will settle nicely at the one right below, instead of getting washed off. The same goes with the water.
- It is important to check which part of your garden you are watering. Most of the people end up wasting half the water on driveways or patios. Thus, set your sprinkler at the right angles, and let it do its job. Also, keep checking for any possible leakages or blockages in the entire water-route every few days, and fix them the earliest you can.
- When you are mowing the grass off, keep the blades one degree higher. The longer the grass is, the less evaporation it allows.
- Get yourself an “Eco Lawn”, if you are planting a new one or overseeding the existing one, you have all the liberty to opt for drought-resistant grass. Many good-looking shrubs and herbs take up much lesser water than others. That is some serious double advantage. If nothing else, replace the plants at the border with these species.
As per National Geographic, “Nearly 60% of a person’s household water footprint can go toward lawn and garden maintenance.” We hope our article benefits you on that front and gives you a healthy-looking garden that loves you back.