Even though we get a lot of rain here in Washington, I still have to water the lawn and garden as the weather warms up. I am always looking for ways to save both money and water out in the garden.
Here’s 10 tips to keep money in your pocket AND keep your plants and lawn happy:
- Water before 9:00 a.m. Watering before the heat of the day helps reduce evaporation.
- Put a layer of mulch around plants. Mulch helps retain moisture, lessening the frequency of watering.
- Collect rainwater in a rain barrel or container. There’s tons of really cool rain water collection kits or you can make your own.
- Your lawn only needs about 2.5 cm of water once per week. You can measure how much your giving your lawn by leaving a cup out during sprinkling/watering. Scale back if you are overdoing it.
- Choose garden paths that are porous. Use gravel, bark, etc. for garden paths, that way run-off water is not wasted, but returned to the ground and surrounding root systems.
- Group plants with similar watering needs together. If you have really thirsty plants, keeping them all in one area will eliminate the need to over-water plants in other areas.
- Do not bag your lawn and raise the blade of your lawn mower. Allowing grass clippings to compost right into the lawn provides a layer of mulch and nutrients. Raising the blade of your mower in the heat of summer protects grass roots from heat and shades them from premature water evaporation.
- Aerate lawn in early spring or fall to improve water penetration.
- Make donuts around your plants and trees, encouraging water to pool where it is needed most.
- Water slowly. Turn hose or sprinkler on low in order to give water time to soak into the dirt, rather than running off where it is not needed.
Do you have any great tips for saving water and still having a happy, healthy garden?