Water Saving Tips
Conserve our most precious resource
Conserving water is sometimes not as easy as it sounds; when should you avoid using water? and what kinds of things are actually wasting it? Use these Water Saving Tips to get a handle on your water consumption.
If you've ever lived in a place with water restrictions, or had them naturally imposed on you because you have a well, you may already be aware of some of these tips.
Water restrictions seem to be starting earlier in the year, and go on longer, so you need to be really aware of where all that water is going.
Is it being used sensibly? Or squandered?
See if you can adopt some of these ways to save water in your garden;
Here are some ways to save Water in the Garden
Install a timer on watering devices such as drip irrigation, or a rain gauge to shut the water off completely if it rains.
plant a lawn with just any old turf grass – use a grass specifically bred for low
water consumption; use Buffalo grass or plant a hardy groundcover such
as thyme to make a lawn substitute in a beautiful thyme lawn.
The benefits of these kinds of plants are much more than just lower
water use – they are hardy and low growing, so don’t require much mowing
- Use a water capture system to salvage water off roofs – the water can be used for washing cars, watering plants or for an ecosystem pond.
- The amount of water falling from a green roof
is cut by about two thirds, and the amount that does run off is
considerably slowed to ease the burden on storm sewers and drainage
systems. As an additional bonus, you can capture the run off from the roof for compost tea if the plants are planted in high nutrient soil.
In Canada we use 326 liters of water a day each – the second highest
consumers in the world. This also puts us at 65% higher than the other
28 countries examined. This embarrassing statistic can be changed by
reducing our water consumption drastically.
Good habits to cut
back on waste in our dwellings can be as simple as doing laundry or
using a dishwasher only when full, reducing the length of showers and
the number of baths which are wasteful.
There are many ways to conserve water in the house, but what about in the garden?
Gravity fed water from a cistern or other water salvage system will save money too, as there is no electricity involved.
Xeriscaping is the number one way to save water from being wasted in the garden.
- Use some Permaculture
design ideas by grouping the plants in niches or zones; those with higher water
requirements closer to the water source, tapering to those plants that
require little to no additional irrigation further away.
would be the ideal place to plant some of my favorite plants that
require much less water than the average garden plants – in fact, once
established, they prefer a dry well drained soil and can live quite
happily on what mother nature doles out in the way of rainfall, fog, and
Some of the best choices of low water plants are Sempervivum, Jovibarba and Sedum.
- A simple mulch bed can reuse greywater from laundry or showers, eliminating the need to use fresh, clean water on these areas.
For more water saving tips, look at this list of 100 Water Saving Tips, and here for more on How to Efficiently Water Landscaping.
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