Water is life for every living being. In such a water scarce era, saving water must be promoted across the world. Moreover, water is also becoming expensive with every passing day. Therefore, you must apply some best practices in your garden in order to ensure that we use minimal water. Here are some of the ways through which you can decrease water use in your garden.
Watering the garden in the morning
A research by environmental scientists have shown that the timing at which we water the plants matters a lot and it impact their growth. For a garden, it is ideal to water it in the morning time. This is because wind flow is less in the morning and the rate of evaporation is also low. Water in the morning gives a lot of strength to garden to survive the day heat. If the garden is watered at night time, the water do not evaporate and the chances of fungus also rises significantly.
Water the pots in the afternoon
Unlike garden, you must water the pots in the evening and afternoon. A recent research tried to compare the plants growth that were watered in the morning with those that were watered in the afternoon. Both of these plants were same in all respects. The results showed that plants watered in the afternoon grew more healthier and stronger as compared to their counterpart.
Save rain water in water tank
Rain water is perfect to be used for watering the plants. Rain water in many areas is present excessively, but unfortunately we waste it. You can save the rain water that run off from roof. Through simple piping, it can be collected and later on used for days. You do not require a large space to store water. It can be stored in a small place and can save you a lot of money.
Recycle other used water
If you have small pots inside or outside your house, you can fill them with cooking water or even fish tank water. Cooking water has got a lot of nutrients and it will prove very healthy for your plants. Fish water also contains nitrogen and phosphorous that will act as fertilizers for your plants.
Mulch is a protective layer that is applied on the surface of the plants in order to avoid water loss and insulate the plant from heat. Experts believe that 70% of water can evaporate from the soil if you do not apply the mulch on a hot day. When you apply the mulch, the ideal depth of mulch in a pot should be between 3-5cm. For garden, the depth should be in the range of 8-10cm. Once you have applied mulch, properly water it so that it settles down completely.
Check Weather forecast before water
If you live in an area where rain is quiet frequent, you must check the forecast in order to avoid excessive watering to your garden. Many times it happen to us that we water the plants even when the clouds are there. The only reason is that we are uncertain that rain will come. When the rain comes, plants get excessive water which resultantly cause damage to them. In order to avoid this, one possible way is to check weather forecast from a reliable source. If it is raining, you can simply save your time, energy and water.
Buy moisture meter
Moisture meter is not expensive and you can easily get it from the market. It helps to read the level of moisture present in the soil. It will help you to accurately identify the requirement of water by the soil. Most of the times, we prefer to give water to our garden, even when we are doubtful whether our garden and plants require water or not. If the moisture reader gives the reading between 10-30%, it means that your soil is dry and it requires water right away. If the reading is between 40-70%, water is not required by the soil. 80-100% moisture level is alarming since it is caused due to excessive water present in the soil.