Greener Watering Watering Your Beds and Containers Wisely

Greener Watering
  • Posted June 17, 2014

There are numerous methods available to limit your water usage while maintaining healthy vibrant plants throughout your home. There are several areas of watering that you can focus on including plant selection and watering strategies and tools that can assist you in your water conservation efforts.

soaker hose  If you are a homeowner, chances are you have dedicated some of your time to maintaining a lush lawn as well as flower beds and containers. The main goal for watering your beds and lawn should be to get the water to the root system. Investing in a drip irrigation system or using a soaker hose for your beds will help you reach this goal. It will also prevent accidental watering of your sidewalks and gutters. Watch out for windy days too if you are using a sprinkler. You could end up watering your neighbor’s yard or the street. Another simple adjustment would be to add organic materials to improve water retention such as compost or mulch.
rain barrel There are several products that can be quite useful in preserving water too. For your containers, using a decorative water globe or adding a gelatin-like soil supplement to your potting soil to act as reservoir may provide a buffer between watering days. Collecting rain water with the help of a rain barrel is a simple and viable option for just about anyone. Rain barrels are becoming more and more popular and are an easy way to conserve water. Your rain barrel will collect water from a downspout and will be accessible for watering your containers, beds, houseplants and in some cases, the lawn! There are rain barrel kits available for purchase at most home improvement stores, online or if you’re feeling bold, you can even make your own.
sprinkler system Getting on a schedule with watering your beds and containers can simplify your day. Timing your watering can also provide savings in time and money. Water your lawn and plants early in day to encourage penetration and avoid evaporation from warmer temperatures later in the day. Spend your time wisely by watering deeply so you don’t have to do it as often. Pay close attention to your plants and what they need. You may be overwatering and limiting your plants true potential. If you don’t have time to water, think about what plants you are choosing for yourself. Select native and drought tolerant plants to cut your watering time drastically.
watering can dicentra Get a game plan to make your watering strategy a successful one. Choose your plants and their locations based on their needs and your commitment to watering them. Make sure that you have all the tools necessary to keep your plants hydrated while sustaining your water supply. Most of all, don’t hesitate to ask for help or suggestions along the way as your best resource may be the gardener down the street or a favorite online blogger.

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Jenny Jurgensen
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Jenny Jurgensen is a roller derby skater, gardening enthusiast and horticulturist at MasterTag – a horticultural printing company.

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Greener Watering

Keys to Greener Watering

  • Timing
  • Mulch
  • Soil Additives
  • Plant Selection
  • Drip and Soaker Application