Eco-friendly tips for reducing water waste in the garden (1)

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According to a guide published by Comparethemarket.com water scarcity is a growing crisis affecting millions of people worldwide. With experts predicting that global freshwater demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030, urgent action is needed to mitigate this looming challenge.

In this piece we are concentrating on ways in which we can save water in the garden.

1. Collect rainwater

Rain is a vital commodity, but so often this valuable resource is not utilised to its best advantage. As a keen gardener, you know its true value. When it rains, your entire garden benefits, freeing you from the worry of watering. But why wait for the rain? By collecting rainwater in a butt or barrel, you can have a ready supply for dry days. This practice not only conserves water and reduces your water bill but also provides your plants with chemical-free nourishment. During hosepipe bans, especially common in UK summers, collected rainwater ensures your garden stays hydrated within the guidelines.

2. Reduce your lawn area

Maintaining a lush garden is a labour of love, but grassy lawns can suffer during dry spells. Instead of relying on sprinklers or hoses, consider reducing the size of your lawn. Replace it with native plants or even a vegetable garden. These alternatives are more drought-resistant and require less watering, making your garden more sustainable and easier to maintain.

3. Plant drought-resistant species

When planning your garden, opt for plant species that thrive in dry conditions and need less water. The best choices will depend on your soil type and the amount of sunlight your garden receives. Consulting with gardening experts can help you select plants that are both beautiful and low maintenance. A garden designed with drought-resistant plants will significantly reduce your water usage, especially during the drier summer months.

4. Mulch your garden

Mulching is an effective way to retain soil moisture and reduce the need for frequent watering. By adding a layer of natural material over your soil, you help regulate temperature, protect roots, and prevent quick evaporation. Mulching can be applied to borders and can make a big difference in maintaining a healthy garden with less water.

5. Use alternative cleaning methods.

Cleaning patios and garden furniture with a pressure washer uses a lot of water and can encourage wasteful habits. Instead, try using a broom for your patio or other alternative methods for outdoor cleaning tasks (we will cover this in our next article*) Though it might take a bit more time and effort, these methods are much more water-efficient and promote responsible usage.

6. Consider drip irrigation

To reduce manual watering, consider installing a drip irrigation system. This method delivers small amounts of water directly to the roots of your plants, minimising waste and preventing overwatering. With the right settings, drip irrigation can efficiently maintain your garden's hydration without excess water use.

*Read how you can use alternative cleaning methods in the garden here.