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Saving water in the garden

It's just as easy to save water in your garden.  Here are a few ideas on being water efficient outdoors:

Make the most of rainwater


  • If you haven’t got a water butt to catch the rainwater off your roof click here to see our range of water butts. You can use the water on your garden or to wash the car. If you already have one, how about installing another to collect the rainwater off your greenhouse or shed?. You can use the water on your garden or to wash the car.  If you already have one, how about installing another to collect the rainwater off your greenhouse or shed? 

  • There are also submersible water pumps on the market which can connect to a hosepipe to pump collected rainwater from the water butt around the garden

Pots and containers



  • Cut down on the number of pots you plant up and go for one or two larger containers which don’t dry out too quickly
  • If you’re buying new pots/planters go for the plastic ones with water reservoirs which store water underneath and the run off isn’t wasted or make use of your existing pots by putting plastic pots inside terracotta to cut down on water loss through evaporation
  • Plant up using water retaining products which store water for the drier days but remember be careful to follow the instructions on the pack

Choose plants that like dry conditions

  • Use plants that need less watering - those with the full sun on the label in the garden centre or check out a list of drought-tolerant plants on the Royal Horticultural Society web site
  • Try bio-degradable crystals in your planters.  They’re simple to use and can reduce the need for watering to just once or twice a week when used with mulches and drought-tolerant plants

Watering plants

  • Don’t waste your household water – use it in the garden.  Recycle your used vegetable, washing up or bath water in a bucket and use it on your plants and lawn.  A small amount of mild detergent or bubble bath will not harm your garden, however don't use this on vegetables
  • Use a watering can instead of a hose and water around the base of plants and trees – not on leaves
  • If you do use a hose, use a hose trigger gun so you can switch off your hose when you don’t need it, rather than having to walk back to the tap to switch it off
  • Save plastic water and soft drinks bottles, cut off the bases and bury inverted alongside newly planted trees and shrubs. Water into these, they act as funnels and direct water straight to the roots
  • Water during the evening and morning to cut down on evaporation, evening is best
  • There’s no need to water established trees, shrubs or lawns – they just don’t need it
  • Only water new lawns for four weeks, established lawns don’t need watering

Mulch where you can

  • Add a layer of mulch over the soil, this reduces evaporation. Mulches can also improve the look of planters, there’s a whole range on offer from garden centres including: coconut shells, pea gravel, bark, slate, recycled glass, shells. The added benefit of mulching is that it helps keep snails off the plants and keeps the weeds down – less work for you and more water for your lovely plants

And finally give the birds a treat

  • Don’t pour hot liquid fat or oil down the sink as it could cause pipes to block. Instead, collect it in a tub, mix with bird seed and feed to the birds