Watering Tip 1: Choose drought-tolerant plants. Cut down on watering chores by choosing plants that don’t need a lot of water, such as lantana, sedums, and ornamental grasses.
Watering Tip 2: Choose the best watering tool for the job
- Watering can: The perfect solution for small watering jobs, a watering can is portable so you can haul water to where your plants are.
- Water wand: Just attach this magic wand to the end of a hose and you can provide a gentle spray of water to beds, borders and containers without reaching. You can turn the water off at the wand base to save water while walking from pot to pot or bed to bed.
- Sprinklers: Also attachable to a hose, a sprinkler system allows you to irrigate a large area with ease. Just position the sprinkler, turn on the water and pour yourself an iced tea. The sprinkler does all the watering work.
- Drip system: Plants do best when watered at the soil level. A drip system is a series of plastic hoses with emitters that allow water to slowly drip into the soil. Timers allow you to water on a specific schedule.
- Soaker hoses: Similar to a drip system, a soaker hose also waters at the ground level. Instead of water-dripping emitters, the whole hose “sweats” water to hydrate the plants near it.
Watering Tip 3: Add water-holding amendments to your soil.
Good soil with lots of organic matter is less thirsty than poor soil. The organic matter in soil helps hold moisture. For example, peat moss works as tiny sponges—holding water in the soil to help hydrate the roots of your plants.
Compost also helps soil retain moisture.
Watering Tip 4: Mulch your beds, borders—and even containers.
Spread several inches of mulch on top of the soil to help keep the moisture from evaporating. It’s sort of like putting a lid on a jar. You can add mulch to the top of pots, too. It makes them look attractive and will cut down on your watering chores.
Watering Tip 5: Collect your own water.
There’s no need to pay for water if Mother Nature provides it for free. Install a rain barrel in your garden or underneath the eaves of your house so you can collect water from your gutters.
It’s a given: to have a lush garden, you need to water it. But with these smart tips you can use less water, less time, and less money!