Wise Water Tips For The Garden



Water is the most important key in a garden, with sunlight of course. In fact, water makes up eighty to ninety-five percent of vegetable gardens.

Even though water is so important to your garden, there are ways to be very water wise and conserve it, because the last thing we want to be doing is wasting something so essential.

These are great water tips that will help us be wise when it comes to using water in our gardens.


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  1. Consider the specific soil that you have and add compost. Sandy soil drains water quickly, and clay-like soil traps water. Adding compost and other organic matter can help make the texture of the soil better. You should add about an inch of compost to your soil every year and the water will start to be utilized better.

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  1. Make sure you are getting water to the root zone of a plant. Sprinklers kind of just throw water everywhere, and therefore they are only forty to fifty percent efficient in watering your plants. Soaker hoses are different, they make sure to get the water where it needs to be, making ninety percent of the water successful in getting to the plant’s roots.

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  1. Mulch! Mulch is great for holding down weeds, and for keeping moisture in your garden. In fact, if you lay down six to eight inches of mulch it can cut down the amount of water you use by half because it reduces evaporation. Make sure you stay on the healthy side, and go for organic mulch. There are so many varieties so just find one that works best for you.

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  1. Free water! Use it. Rain water is the best for your plants because it is all natural and clean. You can collect this water in rain barrels or cisterns. Also, I have seen people who will put a bucket in the shower while they wait for the water to heat up before they get in. You can recycle this water that is usually wasted on your garden. There are all kinds of ways!


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  1. Be selective about your plants. Now, this can be difficult because there are certain plants we just have to have. But it can really help a lot when water use reduction is necessary. Picking plants that are usually pretty satisfied by the rain in your home climate usually is the best way to go. Picking native plants to your area will usually do the trick. These plants are used to the conditions that your garden endures.


  1. Cut back on the lawn. Turf grass drains water, and then drains some more, and then some more. Consider what you have in your lawn and then plant some ground cover or perennials in place of the thirstier plants.

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  1. Plan your garden. By doing this you can use the natural perks of your site to your advantage. You can put plants that need similar watering schedules together and you can plan out different ways to get water to your plants. Planning is great because you can have everything you want, in the smartest and most water wise way.

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  1. This one is simple. The healthier the plant, the less water they need. So, take care of your garden properly.

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-My Yard Garden


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