Water conservation tips for the garden

Grass

Grass can survive for long periods without water and will quickly recover when the next rain showers arrive. Raising the lawnmower blades to a higher level will help stop the grass from scorching in warm weather. Leaving the clippings on the lawn will protect the roots and returns nutrients to the soil.

Grass

Watering Cans

If you have to water do so in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Forget the hose and always use a watering can. Make sure the rose is fitted to your watering can.

Compost

Recycle your green kitchen waste in a compost bin. Compost provides valuable nutrients and keeps the soil moist.

Don’t Hose that Path

Paths, patios and driveways must never be hosed. Use a yard brush, a rake or an outdoor blower for cleaning. If you must use water, use a pressure washer.

Mulches

Using mulch such as wood chips, bark or gravel will help prevent water evaporation and will suppress weed growth saving water and time weeding. These are especially valuable for shrubs, flowerbeds and new plantings.

Collect Rainwater

Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt fed from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover large containers for safety. Never use a sprinkler system in your garden.

Spot those Leaks

Regularly check your outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks.

Reuse Water

Use a basin in your sink to collect and reuse water for your garden plants.

Trees, Shrubs and Plants

Plants, flowers and shrubs that need little water. Your local garden centre can give you advice. Established trees and shrubs do not need to be watered.