10 principles of sustainable and ecological gardening.
#1 - NEVER WASTE WATER
FIT a water butt – water your garden for free by collecting rainwater in a water butt. Each one holds up to 200 litres of water which you can use around your garden. Rainwater is rich in nutrients, so your plants will love it too. If you haven't got one, we’ll give you a discount on your water butt and tips on how to fit it.
LEAVE your lawn – lawns go brown in dry weather, but they soon bounce back after rainfall. So, they don’t need watering in between. However, you can retain the lawn’s moisture for longer by giving the roots some shade – try trimming your grass slightly longer during dry spells and leave the cuttings on the ground.
SPREAD some mulch – apply a thick layer of mulch, compost or chip bark on your soil between plants to help keep the moisture in and suppress weeds.
RECYCLE water – you can use cooled bath, shower or washing-up water to water your plants. Just make sure it's not too greasy and avoid reusing water containing strong cleaning products.
WATER by can – rather than soaking your garden with a sprinkler or a hose which gushes 16 litres of water a minute, fill a watering can and give the garden a gentle sprinkle. If any water is left over, save it for another day – this can save you £300 a year. If you do use a hose, fit a trigger gun to save water and up to £210 a year on your bills.
TIME your watering – water your plants in the early morning or evening when the temperature is cooler and less water is lost to evaporation. Give plants a good soaking once or twice a week in dry weather rather than light, daily watering.
WATER the roots – when you water your plants, aim directly at the roots rather than scattering water on the leaves. Plants soak up water from the soil, so water on the leaves will only evaporate and go to waste.
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