Water conservation gardening for summers
Author: Hina Arya Date Posted:1 October 2020
Summers are knocking our doors and so is the need to save water. Australia received about 277.6mm of average rainfall in 2019 which was well below the previous lowest record of 314.5mm in 1902. Freshwater use will continue to rise as our population grows and cities expand. Hence, it is now very critical to inculcate water conservation practices in our daily lifestyle and use efficient techniques to avoid overuse of water in household activities, especially gardening.
Here are a few tips to have a lush green garden with sustainable water usage:
Plant local indigenous grasses- You will be amazed to know how much water you can save by planting local grasses such as Weeping grass or Wallaby grass in your garden. Weeping grass is native to wet zones of Australia and New Zealand and it is suitable for cool seasons. Weeping grass is tolerant to drought, frost and shade. It can withstand a vast range of soil pH and is also suitable for acidic soils. We offer soil pH testing kits at BB HYDRO to help you make a wise decision about your plantation. Similarly, Wallaby grass can be grown in clay to moderate sandy soils and it is tolerant to both drought and frost. Kangaroo grass and red grass are some warm-season grasses that can be grown without much irrigation.
Use adjustable sprinklers in your garden- Instead of using a conventional sprinkler, use modern and adjustable sprinklers that have levers for adjusting the amount and direction of water flow. This will help avoid wasteful runoffs.
Use water-saving pots- Pots with closed bottoms will avoid unnecessary seepage and will facilitate water retention for a longer duration. Contact us to help you pick the right pots for your summer water conservation quest. Visit BB HYDRO for more information about pots and growing accessories. Adopting hydroponics or aquaponics can also ensure efficient use of water.
Collect rainwater- Collecting and using rainwater for gardening can save a huge amount of water bill. A well-built rainwater harvesting system can ensure you have enough water for your household needs. Based on the amount of local rainfall, you can install a suitable tank system to collect rainwater from the roof catchment area. Components of a rainwater conservation unit include a suitable collection system (rain-heads and pipes), a tank for storage, supply accessories, and filtering equipment.
Reuse wastewater- Water flowing through showers and basins is greywater, which can be reused for gardening purposes if low sodium and potassium soaps or detergents are being used in the home. Water with toilet waste is blackwater and needs thorough chemical and biological disinfection before reuse. Always talk to experts for health advice before planning to reuse wastewater.
Apart from the ideas mentioned above, some other methods that can help save water in the garden are using compost, laying permeable material in pavements, and adding mulch to slow down evaporation from the garden soil. We hope the tips will be helpful for our readers for conserving freshwater in summers. Feel free to contact us at BB HYDRO for your gardening needs.