Your beautiful summer garden is soaking up this summer sun.
While the sun bakes down on your plants, some plants will need an extra soak on those warm, sunny days.
But there are certain parts of the world that tend to be more prone to drought and need to be extra cautious of how much water to use.
The Western half of the U.S. is more likely to experience a drought. This can include California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada and can affect garden zones 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11.
Throughout the years, many parts of the country have experienced short-term droughts, and nearly any garden zone could experience a drought at one point or another.
Water conservation is important no matter what region you live in. After all, conserving water saves money, energy and protects our natural ecosystems. We can all play a role in protecting this magnificent earth.
Here are Rozanne’s 6 tips to conserve water in your garden this summer:
1. Choose Plants Wisely
If you plan on putting in new shrubs and plants, choose ones that are drought-resistant. There are many pleasing plants and shrubs that can thrive with little water. This pretty flower would look darling planted near Rozanne and can withstand the heat as long as it gets plenty of drainage. Rozanne is another flower that will grow splendidly in nearly any zone.
2. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
Add a layer of mulch around trees and plants to help the soil retain its moisture. Adding 3 to 4 inches of bark or compost can help slow evaporation and also discourages weed growth.
3. Install A Drip Irrigation System
Drip irrigation systems help supply water directly to the soil. When used in mulch areas, the water goes straight to the soil without washing away the mulch. Drip irrigation systems can also help prevent water waste due to runoff or evaporation.
4. Time Accordingly
A good rule of thumb is to water in the morning. Watering when it’s cool outside helps water soak into the soil before it evaporates. Watering at night can make it tricky to see where you’re watering and you may use more water than you need. Also try to avoid watering when it’s windy. Wind can blow sprinklers off target and speed up evaporation.
5. Hand Water Wisely
If you hand water, make sure to do so with a sprinkler wand to get the most accurate coverage.
6. Temperature Matters
Avoid using a hose that has been rolled up and sitting in the sun all day. Hot water from a coiled hose can stress plants. If possible, store your hose in the shade.
You don’t have to sacrifice your garden this summer. There are many small things you can do to help conserve water. These are just a few simple tips. For even more water-saving tips, click here.
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