Irrigation is one of the largest uses of freshwater across the world – much of which is wasted due to unwise water decisions. Conserving water outside is easy, and it’s an amazing way to conserve water and support your local ecosystems. Here we provide information and resources for you to become a more sustainable gardener!
1. Water Wisely 💧
- Avoid watering plants during the middle of the day. This will reduce water loss through evaporation. Watering in the mornings or evenings is a great option!
- Water your plants roots, not the leaves! This will also reduce evaporation while keeping your foliage dry and disease free.
- Don’t over water! Providing too much water can stunt plant growth and cause plant death. Use a rain gauge in your lawn to ensure that you are only watering your plants and grass when they need it!
2. Use Mulch🌱
Mulch works miracles! Mulch will benefit your garden by:
- Retaining water
- Adding nutrients
- Reducing weeds
- Protecting against drought
3. Plant Native Plants 🌲
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, demanding no additional care or water. They can also provide important food and habitat for local butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Native plants:
- increase the soil’s capacity to store water and can significantly reduce soil erosion.
- help reduce air pollution.
- promote biodiversity and the stewardship of local ecosystems.
- are beautiful and increase scenic values!
4. Harvest Rainwater 🌧️
Collecting water form your roof top or other impervious surfaces is an amazing way to water sustainably. Rainwater:
- is a clean and absolutely free source of water
- promotes self-sufficiency and helps conserve water
- is better for landscape plants and gardens because it is not chlorinated
- reduces stormwater runoff from homes and businesses
5. Install a Rain Garden 🏡
Rain gardens filter pollutants that would otherwise run into local waterways. They can help reduce flooding, soil erosion, and drought, while creating excellent habitat for birds and butterflies!
Click here to learn How to Build a Rain Garden
5. Compost 🥕
Make a habit of adding homemade compost to your soil each planting season. Composting is a sustainable alternative to throwing your food scraps in the landfill, and an amazing way to promote plant growth through nutrient enrichment.
Click here to learn more about Composting at Home