Saving water in the garden

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Enjoy your garden while saving water.   

By following our top gardening tips, cutting down on the amount of water you use means your garden shouldn’t suffer over the summer.

Our top tips

1. Water lawns less often

Brown lawns can still be healthy, and will turn green again when it rains.

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2. Use a water butt

Up to 85,000 litres of rain falls on your roof each year so install a water butt and use it to water your plants and wash your car. Our customers get special offers on water butts.

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3. 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.

4. Get rid of weeds

Weeds compete for moisture, so keep on top of weeding in your flower beds. Adding a layer of pebbles or chipped bark will stop weeds coming through and help retain moisture.

5. Use pots

Plant your vegetables or flowers in pots that can be moved to more protected areas when needed.

6. Plant trees

Planting trees around your garden can reduce the soil and air temperature and the need for watering.

7. 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.

8. Request a meter

If you don’t have one already, check here to find out if you can have a water meter as using less water could save you money.