Conserving Water Outside

Grass in most parts of Ireland can survive for long periods without water and will quickly recover when the next rain showers arrive, and we all know that won’t take too long.

A  few simple things like raising lawnmower blades to a higher level will help stop grass from scorching in warm weather. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing protects roots and returns nutrients to the soil.

  1. Watering cans! If you must water your plants, do it in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler, watering during the day will only give the water an opportunity to evaporate. Put the hose back in the shed and always use a watering can fitted with a rose.
  2. Compost! Recycle your green kitchen waste in a compost bin. Compost provides valuable nutrients and helps retain moisture in the soil.
  3. Don’t hose that driveway! Don’t use a hose when cleaning paths, patios and driveways. Use a bucket and brush instead.
  4. Mulches! Using mulch such as wood chips, bark or grass clippings will help prevent water evaporation and will help prevent weed growth saving water and the need for weeding. These are especially valuable for shrubs, flowerbeds and new plantings.
  5. Collect rainwater! Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt fed from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover large containers for safety.
  6. Weed those beds! Regularly weed and hoe your garden, to ensure that watering helps your plants and not your weeds.
  7. Spot those leaks! Regularly check your outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks.
  8. Re-use water! Use a basin in your sink to collect and reuse water for your garden plants.
  9. Trees, shrubs and plants! Plant flowers and shrubs that are suited to our climate. Your local garden centre can give you advice. Established trees and shrubs do not need to be watered.