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03 April 18

Save water in the garden this spring

Affinity Water is asking customers to keep track of the tap and use a water butt in the garden, as April showers are set to make an appearance for the bank holiday weekend.

Despite the recent rainfall, total rainfall over the winter period has been below average and water resources are still low. That’s why Affinity Water is encouraging customers to think about how water can be saved in the garden now spring is approaching.

A water butt is a great way to make the most of rain water. Hoses and sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour – equivalent to more than 12 baths. Rainwater harvesting is a great way to be water efficient so using one will save you money if you are a metered customer.

If you are looking to buy plants, choose ones that thrive in dry conditions to help you reduce the amount you water your garden. These include: Alyssum, Geraniums, cornflowers French and African Marigolds, Petunias, Aquilegia, Campanula and Heuchera lavender. Look for the full sun symbol on the plant labels when buying new plants as this indicates their tolerance to dry conditions.

Here are a few water saving tips that can help you save water throughout the year in the garden. For more water saving information and to purchase some FREE water saving devices, visit:

  • Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible
  • Reset your lawn mower blades to 4cm to encourage dense bushy growth, which traps early morning dew and reduces evaporation
  • When you are watering try use a watering can filled from a water butt.
  • Water your pots and hanging baskets either early in the morning or during the evening to reduce evaporation in the midday sun.
  • If you’re potting up or planting containers, use ones made from plastic, glazed terracotta or wood. These tend to lose less water than bare terracotta.
  • When potting up your planters use a small amount of gel crystals. They absorb water and can help retain the moisture in the soil.
  • Bury a short length of pipe into your pot; if you water into the tube the water goes directly to the roots where the plant needs it most.
  • Use mulches like bark chips or gravel to retain moisture and keep weeds down.

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