10 Tips for Water-Conscious Garden Design

Grey water garden with rain water capture system - 10 tips for water-conscious garden design

Everyone wants to have a beautiful green garden, full of exotic plants that cover every inch of space in a way that’s pleasing to the eye. But the fact of the matter is, to achieve this, you must commit to the garden’s maintenance and devote yourself to each plant’s general health and well-being.

To help you out with doing so, here are 10 useful tips for water-conscious garden design.

Catch rainwater

Take advantage of the water that’s available naturally when it rains. Remember, since water is becoming quite scarce throughout the world, it’s crucial for you to save as much as you can. If you do, the environment will thank you later!

Sprinkle sparingly

Water sprinklers are a great way to irrigate a garden. They’re effective and can be programmed to operate at certain hours of the day in order to maximize efficiency. However, they also tend to waste too much water if not used properly.

Make sure your sprinkler system can be calibrated in a way that prevents it from watering the soil much more than is necessary. Take into account the climate of the area in which you live, including the moisture level, the rain frequency and also the water level. The plants within your garden should look attractive, without yellowish leaves, which are a sign of a lack of irrigation.

More gravel, less grass

Grass looks good in a garden, but when it covers a large amount of a garden’s surface area, it can become irritating and useless. You can definitely cut or trim your extra grass. Using more gravel to make your garden more decorative is also an excellent idea. This will reduce your workload of cutting, trimming and watering the grass.

Use drought-tolerant plants

Some plants can look very nice without needing a lot of water. These can be placed strategically in your garden so that they cover the empty spots you want to fill. By arranging them in this way, you’ll be making your garden look better without having to worry about extra water.

Add catch basins to your rain gutters

A catch basin is a system, similar in shape to a box, that you can install in the lower part of your rain gutter system. It’ll catch all the water that’s collected from the top of a building when it rains. It’ll then redirect all that water to the desired place, which could be your garden.

One of these basins will cost you some money up front, but in the long run, it’ll pay off.

Collect grey water from your sinks

That stinky water we often dispose of from our sinks is actually reusable, and isn’t at all harmful to most plants. Most of the time, it’s free from a number of chemicals that can be harmful to plants. Therefore, instead of getting rid of it, the best decision is to reuse it within areas of your garden that require water.

Add mulch to trees and plants

Mulch is helpful because it retains moisture that’ll keep your soil wet for much longer than usual, and it can reduce the need for watering frequently.

Install a drip irrigation system

Installing a drip irrigation system can be an inexpensive way of irrigating the soil in your garden. These work by using gravity, and don’t usually require electricity to operate, so one of them will save your pocketbook and the garden, too!

Think about the needs of bees

Bees are very important to any garden because they transport pollen from the flowers in your fruit plants to other plants, which will then help those plants transform into fruits, vegetables or legumes. In general, bees will enhance the ecosystem of your garden.

Create micro-climates

Micro-climates are environments that are intentionally made to benefit certain types of plants, and thus, make them grow better. One common approach to creating micro-climates involves using high walls of stonelike material to gather heat during the day, so it’s not too cold at night for the plants growing right next to those walls. It’s also common to use translucent screens to cover plants so that heat can be maintained at night.

For more gardening advice, visit Essential Guidelines to Follow When Planning a Garden>>

Jane Anderson is a person who loves to write articles on various topics, such as health, gardening, lawn care and more. He spends his time doing things that make him happy, like gardening. He believes that the yard is an extremely important part of the house. For more information, visit yardday.com.

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