It is possible to have a beautiful garden and save water. We’ve prepared a list of tips on how to do that, just in time for summer!
Water at the right time
Water your garden first thing in the morning, watering while the sun is out will cause most of the water to be lost to evaporation. You can also water at night but be careful as some plants don’t like to be wet at night.
Using grey water is a great way to be water wise. Find out more about grey water here.
Get started without the expense of installing a grey-water system by pouring water that has been used for rinsing or boiling vegetables (not soapy or oily) into a drum and use that to reduce the amount of water used.
Most gardens and lawns will have weeds appearing just after winter. Removing weeds means the weeds are not using the water meant for your plants.
Replace your lawn
Lawns use a lot of water. Consider replacing or reducing the size of your lawn by adding paving or other ground cover plants like Dymondia Margaretae
Add mulch or pebbles
Placing mulch, leaves, bark pieces or pebbles around your plants can add aesthetic value as well as reducing evaporation after watering.
Replace thirsty plants with indigenous plants where-ever possible. Indigenous plants are hardy, use much less water and require less care – here is a guide to great indigenous plants for South African gardens
If all of these tips seem like a lot of hassle, find a trusted garden expert in the HomeFixer app
Grey water and sustainable & renewable energy solutions can also be found in the app.