Easy ways to look after your garden when you’re trying to conserve water

Conserving water is one small way you can help the planet. But, it doesn't have to be at the expense of your flourishing garden.

Some states of Australia have had water restrictions implemented due to the drought, but even if you're not directly affected, being water-wise has never been more important.

Narelle Peart from Scotts Australia says, “When we enter a drought, people tend to think they won’t be able to look after their garden however, there’s still plenty to do while being water-wise.

"Recycling water and using water smart products can ensure your plants receive all of the correct nutrients and continues to thrive as best it can throughout the drought.”

If you're keen to help the environment and also care for your garden, read on for Narelle's tips for striking the right balance.

Purchase a trigger nozzle

Investing in a trigger nozzle hose for your garden will save water and money. "These specialised nozzles use significantly less water than that of a traditional hose," she says. But, the key to conservation is in how you use it.

"Make sure you are only pressing the trigger when you need it, as every drop counts and this will eliminate water wastage while you move your hose around the garden," says Narelle.

Utilise your shower water

While you are waiting for your shower to reach optimal temperature, water is washed down the drain and wasted. Narelle suggests placing a bucket underneath the water stream to collect as much water as possible. This excess water can then be used to water the grass and garden.

Invest in a wetting agent

A specialised wetting agent will ensure that your garden and grass will get the most out of every drop of water they receive. "These products will also help make the most of any rain during this drought season by enabling water to penetrate down to the root zone, where plants need nutrients the most, reducing run-off and pooling," explains Narelle.

Get mulching

Mulching has several benefits for gardens, however this will mainly reduce the amount of moisture lost from evaporation. Narelle advises, "Make sure you apply generous layers of mulch over your gardens, pots and even veggie patches to keep soil cool while the sun is at its hottest. For optimal results, pair this with some water storing crystals which will enhance the water holding capacity of your soil to prevent drying."

Choose the right fertiliser

Applying fertiliser to your lawn and garden will inject much needed nutrients at this challenging time. But, did you know you can buy products that are safe to use without watering, that become effective shortly after receiving rain? Narelle suggests making the most of the water you do use and apply a liquid fertiliser with an on/off switch at the same time, or plan your attack around the weather.

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