21 Mar '12, 10am

Water saving tips for #green fingered #gardeners here: #drought

Water your garden in the cool of the early morning or evening. This will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation. If you water plants and shrubs too often their roots will remain shallow, weakening the plant. Leave them alone until they show signs of wilting. Collect rainwater in water-butts and use a watering can instead of a hose. If you prefer to use a hosepipe, fit a trigger nozzle to control the flow. Regularly weed and hoe your garden, to ensure that watering helps plants and not weeds. Plant flowers and shrubs that thrive in hot and dry conditions such as thyme, evening primrose, rock rose, Californian poppy, pinks, lavender, buddleia and hebes. Mulches such as wood chips, bark and gravel help to prevent water evaporation and also suppress weed growth, saving you both water and time spent weeding. Lawns can survive long periods of dry weather if the grass is ...

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