Here are some more top tips to help you become a water efficient gardener:
- Hang up your hose – this uses as much water in an hour as the average family of 4 uses in a day and a half. Or use a trigger hose so you can control when water is released.
- Water your plants using a watering can, either early in the morning or during the evening when it is cooler and there is less chance of water evaporating
- A water butt is a great way to collect rainwater, you can use it to water your garden or wash the car
- Wash your car with a bucket and sponge, which uses much less water than a hosepipe.
- Cut the grass slightly longer in dry periods to allow the dew to be trapped. Leave the lawn cuttings on the lawn – it will naturally return moisture and nutrients to the soil
- Reset your lawn mower blades to 4cm to encourage dense bushy growth.
- Choose plants that thrive in dry conditions, such as 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.
- Move containers, hanging baskets and pots into shady areas where possible
- 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.