Water is a scarce and dwindling resource, and South Africa is a dry country with unpredictable rainfall and an ever increasing demand for it. As the demand for this precious resource grows, so will its price along with legislation discouraging excessive use. It is, therefore, important to garden for the future.
Start saving money and contribute towards overcoming South Africa’s critical water shortage by creating a water wise garden with these easy 7 steps.
Whether you are creating a new garden or working with your existing garden, the following simple steps and changes around your garden you will save water and money and watch your garden thrive!
- Watering Techniques
Water your garden in the coolest part of the morning or evening and avoid watering when windy or hot.
- Planting indigenous plants
There are many benefits to planting indigenous plants for gardening, these plants have developed especially to cope with the dry local conditions and are hardier.
Watering lawns is one of the first things to be affected by water restrictions, so it makes sense to have as little as possible if you want to keep your property looking green and attractive.
- Group plants according to their water needs
Water-wise plants need minimal watering once established. And by grouping your plants according to their water needs, you avoid wasting water on plants that don’t need it. Those plants that need more watering should be planted together in a small area where their water needs can be attended to.
- Prepare the soil well and add compost
Dig in plenty of compost as it aids the water retention ability of the soil, adds nutrients, and also encourages earthworm activity, which improves aeration and drainage. Remember to compost your beds at least once a year.
- Use lots of mulch between plants
- Mulch helps to keep the soil cool and reduces evaporation. It also reduces run-off and erosion, suppresses weed growth, enriches the soil and prevents compacting of the soil. Mulch is available in a variety of options including bark, compost and dried leaves.
- Create shade and windbreaks
Wind and sun can dry out plants. Plant fast-growing, wind-resistant, water-wise trees and shrubs suited to your area to provide shade and shelter.
Designing your garden to be water wise is very simple and easy to maintain.
For more information on how to get your indigenous garden water wise, do not hesitate to contact Gecko Lawn.
Happy water-wise gardening