Irrigation water saving tips
Some say saving water and irrigation are two things that do not go hand in hand – the perfect contradiction. However, this is not the case. Using water in your garden should not feel like a waste of a precious resource, as long as it is being utilized in a responsible way from which you can reap the rewards. Here are a few water-saving tips you can use when irrigating your garden:
Starting a garden is never as simple as placing roots in the soil and hoping for the best. It takes planning, dedication and a sense of responsibility. Before you start planting your seeds ask yourself if you live in a water scarce area? Will your plants be water friendly? How much water will your plants need and lastly, where will your water be coming from? If your answers to these questions are yes, no, a lot and from the tap, then you need to reconsider your options.
Know your garden
Not all patches in your garden require the same amount of water. Figure out how much water is needed and in what areas. If there are areas that require little water, then rather water by hand or consider alternative ways of irrigation like drip irrigation instead of sprinklers.
Maintain and upgrade your irrigation system
Check your system regularly. Fix any leaks and breakages. Make sure that no water runs where it is not needed or that leaky faucets or pipes prevent water from going where it is required. Install a rainwater harvesting system from which your irrigation can flow. This reduces the stress on the mainline water supply.
Take care of your soil
Compost improves soil which intern increases its water holding capacity. The more water your soil can hold, the less water your plants will need on a day to day basis. Mornings are the best time to water. Less water evaporates when the temperature is cooler. Watering in the evening can lead to soil and disease problems in your garden.
Start saving water today by installing your personal rainwater harvesting system at home!