How to save water in your garden this summer
Businesses, Britain in Bloom groups and councils all over the UK use Amberol’s extensive range of self-watering planters to save time, water and money when maintaining floral displays in the warm summer months.
In addition to investing in self-watering planters, there are plenty of other steps you can take during dry spells to ensure that precious resources aren’t wasted.
The cost of watering
The last UK hosepipe ban was from April – June 2012, meaning that we haven’t encountered drought conditions for over six years. However, just because we can use hosepipes to water our gardens doesn’t mean we always should. Around half of UK households are now on a water meter which means daily hosepipe sessions in the garden can push bills up. Not only that, as up to 70% of water supply is used in gardens at peak times, this can put pressure on suppliers.
Timing it right
Filling a watering can in the early evening can be a relaxing end to the day and if the weather has been hot, it can be the ideal time to do it. As a general rule, watering should be a dawn or dusk activity, when the temperature is cooler and the plants can absorb the water before it evaporates. Leaving it too late in the evening to water can damage plants. This is because without the chance to dry in the sun, wet plants provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that can wreak havoc on their health.
Is daily watering really necessary?
During a dry spell, it’s essential to water plants every day, particularly if they are thirsty floral displays in hanging baskets. However, it’s important to pay attention to the weather and make sure you’re not watering out of habit. As a general rule, plants need watering when the soil feels dry, but a lot will depend on the plant type and the kind of soil it’s planted in. Slow watering that reaches the root is much more effective than quickly drenching your plants with too much water. Indeed, over-watering can be just damaging as under-watering as it makes plants much more vulnerable to common pests, bacterial diseases and fungal infections.
Many of the plants we choose to create a riot of colour in the summer months demand high levels of watering to thrive. If you would like to balance these with plants that are less high-maintenance when it comes to water consumption, there are plenty of exciting options. The RHS has a comprehensive list of drought-resistant plants including some lovely options for summer hanging baskets.
Water butts are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to store and collect rainwater to use for watering plants, cleaning cars and washing windows. Basic plastic options are a good, cost-effective bet, especially if you have an inconspicuous area to store them in. However if space is at a premium or you want your water butt to fit into the theme of your garden, these days you can choose from a wide range of decorative options.
Workplaces and public buildings always benefit from bright floral displays in the summer but the time and cost involved in maintaining them can put many organisations off. One easy and effective solution is to use a self-watering planter from Amberol. Whether you’re a Britain in Bloom group looking for a tiered planter to create a show stopping centrepiece in a town square or a small business keen to enhance your space with hanging baskets, you will find a great range of options at Amberol.