Australia has a massive focus on preserving water, especially after we experienced years of drought. We got used to the water saving techniques, and it has become part of some everyday practices for many. Of course, this trickled into gardens and ways to have a thriving landscape without using excess water.
Hot weather can naturally effect the moisture in soil and hasten evaporation. On a hot day, up to 70% of the water in soil can evaporate away. You can avoid this by including a top protective layer that covers the area, which can hold in moisture and save you water. Mulch, in particular coarse mulch, is one of the best products that you can use to do this. It helps supress water loving weeds, adds vital nutrients back into the soil and prevents evaporation.
Design Your Garden
There are a number of smart design principles that can be included into your garden which can meet your water-saving interests. This can include:
- Use plants that are natural to the environment. This will mean that the plant itself is tailored towards thriving.
- Building mounds around your trees or shrubs can capture water, which will help it to soak into the soil slower and hold the moisture for longer and reduce runoff.
- Employing an irrigation system in your garden can ensure that water is being evenly and consistently distributed into your garden bed.
- Include plants that need less water to live. This naturally means that you will be using less water, and your garden won’t look shrivelled in the process.
By having a professional designer help you to create you garden, and tailor it to use less water and save you money.
Know When to Water
We are all culprits to this. We see the first signs of withering in a plant and rush to it with vast amounts of water, and drown the plant and those around it for good measure. This is detrimental to the plant. Overwatering can:
- Leach nutrients from the soil which is valuable to the plant.
- Can hinder the oxygen levels of the plant, and increase the chance of roots rotting and disease growth.
- You are wasting water. It doesn’t benefit the plants health to be watered excessively.
- Overwatering can cause some plants to become dependent, which weakens the root systems and can lead to short lived plant life.
Save on that pesky water bill by ensuring that your garden is designed towards water saving. Not only will you reap the benefits, but you will have stronger habits which benefits your plants lives. Get in touch with the team at Watersave Landscaping to find out more.