Irrigation Techniques To Save Water

We’re halfway through July now and the weather has certainly improved, with an actual heatwave taking place this week and next… which is great news for gardeners, of course, because it’s so lovely being outside – but it does mean you may need to revise your water usage habits to help safeguard supplies and reduce pressure on the network.

This is something that’s going to become increasingly important as time goes on and as the realities of climate change start to make themselves felt more and more. As such, getting into good practice with how you water your garden now could serve you in great stead in the future.

Irrigation techniques can be employed very successfully to help you conserve water in the garden. For example, you could opt for infrequent deep soakings of your plants, rather than giving them a sprinkling of water more often. Doing this and directing the water directly at the roots of the plant will help reduce evaporation and runoff.

Drip irrigation is another option you could consider if you’re looking to become more eco-friendly and sustainable as a gardener. Installing a drip irrigation system can be beneficial, reducing your workload and helping your plants, with water aimed at the root zone and specific times of day.

Speaking of which, if you’re hand-watering your garden, it’s perhaps best to do so early in the morning if possible. Watering during the day increases the chances of evaporation and, if you accidentally splash the leaves of your plants, they can also find themselves a little scorched, so early morning water routines can ensure a healthier garden.

Another way to support your garden’s water needs is to make excellent use of mulch. Mulching helps retain soil moisture during the summer, as well as stopping weeds from growing and protecting your plant roots during the winter… it’s a real win-win!


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