You’re eager for your flower to bloom and your garden to grow, but being too eager could mean using too much water. It might also mean that you are watering at the wrong time. To help save on water, and to help save your plants, follow these water efficiency tips.
The first bit of advice is, frankly, to use less water. For obvious reasons, using more water will increase what you pay on your water bill, and that is likely enough for most homeowners to want to reduce their water usage.
Now here is why your plants want you to use less water. By over-watering the garden, you will leach valuable nutrients from the soil. It will also cause a loss of oxygen in the soil, which increases the chance of root rot or other diseases. Worse yet, over-watering plants with shallow roots will create a dependency on that resource, meaning that if you take a break from watering while on vacation, you could come back to dried up arrangements.
Let Mother Nature do the job for you. Monitor the weather forecast, and if rain clouds are coming, you can take a break from watering yourself. Another great way to save on water usage is to save and reuse water. After boiling pasta or potatoes, don’t drain the water down the sink, but let it cool and use it in the garden.
Knowing when to water your plants will also have a significant effect on their growth, and will help to prevent over-watering. Certain plants will outperform others when watered in the afternoon, while others will strive with a morning watering. Find out what is best for your garden, and plan accordingly.
Better yet, if you are still planning your garden, try to pick plants that require less water. The soil you use also plays a big role in water retention and the healthy growth of your plants. You can then hold that moisture in the soil with a protective layer of mulch.
If you don’t have the space for a full garden, then you are likely planting your flowers or veggies in a pot. Choose the proper size container for your plants, and once again, research how much water each plant needs in its properly sized pot.
Saving on water has many benefits, both for your family and your garden, with the added benefit of reducing what you pay on your water bill. For more information on being more efficient with your water use, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.