Here are just a few of the easy and affordable ways to conserve
water while growing a beautiful garden.
Grow plants suited to your
climate, and this includes the average rainfall for your area.
Select drought-tolerant plants that, once established, require less
ongoing care. Consider native plants like coneflower, yucca and
penstemon as well as native and noninvasive ornamental grasses.
Be sure to group moisture-loving plants together and near a
source of water. You'll save time and water by concentrating your
efforts on fewer plants. Move containers to the shade or provide
additional shade during hot, dry weather to reduce the plant's water
Use organic nitrogen fertilizers like
Milorganite. This slow-release
fertilizer encourages slow, steady growth that requires less water.
Plus, it will not burn plants during hot dry weather. It simply
stays in the soil until the growing conditions, moisture and
temperature are right for the plants.
Install a rain barrel or two to capture rain for watering
in-ground and container gardens. Or place a rain barrel near your
garden and collect rain directly from the sky. Use this water to
supplement your garden's moisture needs during drought.
Decorate or mask the barrels with vines, decorative fencing,
containers or nearby plantings. And check with your local
municipality, as several states and communities have banned rain
harvesting on private property.
Use soaker hoses and drip irrigation to save water by applying
the water directly to the soil where it is needed. Consider
connecting your rain barrel to a soaker hose in a nearby garden.
Just open the spigot and allow gravity to slowly empty the water
throughout the day. Check to make sure water is evenly distributed
throughout the garden.