Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Saving Water in your Garden

Saving on water usage in the garden should be everyone’s aim. Following are a few hints and tips on maximising the use of water in your garden.

Line The Bed

Sandy soils often don’t hold water for long but you can slow down the rate of loss and give plants more time to absorb moisture by digging the bed and then lining it with 250 micron plastic sheeting. Ensure that the ends of the sheet are folded up so that the bed resembles a pond, then fill it with the compost soil or sand mix. Ensure that the plastic sheet is completely covered by the soil to hide the edges.

Line your garden

Now for the tricky part. You need to ensure that the water can drain away so use a garden fork or spike to make a number of holes through the plastic. Do a few at first, check the result and then make a few more if you notice that the bed is still too wet. This is only really suitable for smaller plants, such as marigolds, that don’t have deep roots.

Do-It-Yourself Drip System

You can make a very effective drip system for seedlings, for instance, simply by making a series of small holes along a length of spare hose. Make the holes with a panel pin and block the end. Connect up and adjust the flow to suit your needs (you may want a strong flow, a light flow or a mere dribble) If you would rather not connect to the water mains, then put a container of water at a higher position and set up a siphon with the end of the hose, so that water is drawn out of the container at a very gentle rate.

Save Water – Group Them

Grouping plants with similar water needs makes sense. After all, when a plant that requires little water is next to one that needs a lot of water, either one or the other or both will not get what is ideal. Chat to your local nurseryman and compile a few lists of plants that will provide contrasting colours, shapes and textures and that require the same level of watering.

Use The Pot Plant Pipe Trick

Sink a length of pipe into the soil next to a plant and top it up when you are watering the garden – you’ll get the water straight to where it’s needed namely, the roots, with minimal evaporation.

Keep it Moist

Need to keep the soil around a slip or seedling moist? Fill a 2 litre cooldrink bottle with water and place it with the neck in the soil next to the plant. As the soil dries, a gap will form at the bottle neck, air will enter and a small amount of water will be released. This will seal the gap until the soil dries again. There’s virtually no wastage and trouble-free watering is ensured for a few days.

Dam it

Keep water near the roots by cutting the top 50mm or so off a cheap plastic potplant pot and placing it over the plant; water is contained and seeps into the ground right where it is needed.

Shopping List

  • 250 Micron plastic sheeting
  • Compost (enquire in-store about a product that best suits your needs)
  • Garden fork
  • Sprinklers, watering cans & hose pipes (variety of options available in-store)

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Other Garden Tips

  • When back-washing your pool prevent the water going to waste by letting it run into your garden instead.
  • Do you have a fish-tank? Use the old water in your garden, it is filled with the stuff that your plants love!
  • Contact your nearest Mica to find out about collecting rain water.
  • Don’t just use a hosepipe to clean your paving! Give it a good sweeping and then get your hands on a high-pressure sprayer.

Saving Water in your Bathroom

Save water in the bathroom with these easy tips.

  • Don’t leave the water running while shaving, soaping you hands or brushing your teeth.
  • When showering, consider switching the water off while you soap up, you’ll save water and you won’t have to dodge the spray.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a tissue bin.
  • Put a brick or bottle in your toilet cistern, it will take up some of the space that the water usually fills, so you’ll save water every time you flush.

Saving Water in your Kitchen

Save water in the kitchen with these easy tips.

  • Do you have to run your hot tap to get the water to warm up? Don’t let the water you run go to waste, use it to fill your kettle and an additional jug for the next kettle fill.
  • Find ways to reuse dish rinsing water, use it to clean your countertops or scoop it out to rinse the soap out of the basin you used for washing.
  • Rinse fruit and vegetables in a basin of water instead of letting the water run, then, use this water for cleaning countertops or watering pot plants.