Your water smart garden

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Using less water in your garden doesn’t mean less gardening or fewer plants. We’ve pulled together some top tips to help you save water in the garden.

  • Water lawns less often – lawns don’t need as much water as you think. Brown lawns can still be healthy, and will turn green again when it rains. See the Turfgrass Growers Association website for independent advice.
  • Use a water butt – up to 85,000 litres of rain falls on your roof each year so install a water butt (or two or three) and use it to water your plants and wash your car.
  • Water plants at the right time –watering plants during the early morning or early evening minimises evaporation from the hot sun and ensures plants get all the water they need.
  • Get rid of weeds – weeds compete for moisture, so keep on top of weeding in your flower beds. Using bark, compost or straw around your plants reduces evaporation and keeps water where your plants need it (this is called mulching).
  • Plant trees – planting trees around your garden can reduce the soil and air temperature and the need for watering.
  • Avoid thirsty species – your garden centre can recommend plants which need less watering but still keep your garden looking great, such as Lavender and Bergenia.
  • Use a watering can rather than a hosepipe – watering cans use less water than a hose, remember to water around the base of the plants instead of the leaves
  • Use a trigger hose – if you do use a hose, add a trigger gun to give you control, meaning you only use the water where you need to.
  • Use a broom – use a broom to sweep patios and driveways rather than a hosepipe or jet wash.