Water Usage Tips for Green Thumbs
Gardeners of San Diego! Are you looking for ways to keep your garden lush while cutting down on water consumption? THA Heating, Air & Plumbing has put together an easy-to-follow guide on gardening the environmentally safe way. There are many simple steps you can take to make changes in your garden that will not only improve the health of your plants, but the planet as well!
Add porous paths and rain-absorbing plants.
Allow rain water to soak into your garden by installing porous foot-paths throughout your garden, instead of heavy stones that will cause water to pool and run out of your yard. When considering what kind of plants you should use to fill large patches near the road, take a look at plants that are known to tolerate water well. Create a “rain garden” that suits your home’s exterior and makes the most of rainwater.
Ensure your soil is healthy and the best fit for your climate.
Different soils are found in various areas. Knowing which soil type your garden has is essential to choosing plants that will thrive and keeping your garden healthy. Clay soils typically retain water better than sandy soils. Additionally, weather changes must be considered when watering plants. When it’s humid or cold, plants absorb less water and much less watering is necessary. Conversely, in the summer when it’s dry and hot you need to up your irrigation to keep plants alive. Don’t waste water by over-watering and instead conserve for times of dry heat.
Stick to using native plants.
Introducing foreign plants into your garden will put stress on the life of the plant and surrounding plants. Typically, when a plant is foreign to a climate or soil-type, their water needs will vary greatly from the needs of native plants. Keep your garden “running efficiently” by using plants that are familiar to the area and can tolerate weather changes.
Invest in a few soaker hoses.
Instead of using a watering can, sprinkler, or hose, invest in a few good soaker hoses. These have tiny holes dispersed about the tubing to allow a small stream of water out at each hole, effectively soaking the soil or mulch around it without saturating it. This is a great solution to avoid overwatering.
Don’t forget to mulch!
Mulching your soil is an essential part of keeping your garden hydrated. Mulch provides nutrients while insulating the soil and keeping water below ground. Using a coarse mulch allows for rainwater to penetrate the top layer while preventing it from running off.
Water on a schedule.
Plants that are watered on a routine schedule are less likely to die because they will be less likely to experience any water-stress. Watering at night is not advisable because unabsorbed water can grow fungus on the plants overnight. It’s best to water plants in the early morning, along with your lawn, and potted plants in the early afternoon.
Group plants with similar water needs together.
By keeping similar plants in the same area, you will be able to concentrate your efforts more carefully and avoid over-watering or under-watering plants in the neighboring area. When thirsty plants are planted together, you know which patch to target with extra water, whereas other parts of your garden tolerate far less.
Don’t super-size your garden.
Similar to the native plant idea, if you want to conserve water, avoid planting numerous large plants on your property. The larger the plant, the more water it must consume (generally). Other plant types that consume large quantities of water include fast-growing, large-leafed, and fertilizer-requiring.
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