Water is a very precious resource, regardless of the fact that we seem to rarely think about it that way. Every day we tend to waste water in our homes in a variety of ways – from the manner we wash the dishes to showering habits to, probably the greatest waste of all – watering the garden. When talking about the last task mentioned, there are actually pretty handy and easy ways in which you can actually start spending much less water, while still having a perfectly well tended vegetable or flower garden. All you need to do is make a few adjustments.
Why would I want to reduce the water use for my outdoor space?
There are a couple of pretty good reasons why you would want to make the efforts that we are going to describe shortly. First and foremost, in case of a draught (yes, those happen in the UK too) there might be certain restrictions on the amount of water that households throughout the country are permitted to use. Then again, you might just be environmentally minded. If you want to have a clean, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable garden, you will need more than just hire a reliable garden clearance service in London to keep it free of rubbish and reduce the pollution levels. You will need to learn how to reduce the amount of water that you are using.
So, how exactly do I do that?
There are quite a few ways in which you can adjust your watering procedures so that you can optimise the amount of resources that you are wasting. Some of them would require a certain amount of time until you get used to them, while others are fortunately much easier to implement right away. Try some of the following:
- Get yourself a watering can. A garden hose might seem much more practical in most cases, but in reality it wastes too much water. A can will actually enable you to keep an eye on the amount of water that you are using much easier.
- A water butt attached to the roof’s drainage system will help you collect rain water that you will then use to fill the can up. Thus that rainwater will go into the ground instead of being wasted.
- The efficient way to water plants – no matter whether we are talking about vegetables, fruit trees or flowers – is not to do it in the hottest hours of the day. Schedule it for early in the morning or late in the evening instead, so that you avoid loss of water due to evaporation.
- You can consider relying on the success of modern technology and purchase water retaining gel that you mix with your soil. This is a great way to preserve the water that you put in the soil for longer, and is particularly useful when there are extended periods of extreme heat in the summer. And if you worry about it – it is entirely harmless.