It is possible to have a colourful, thriving garden without using a large amount of mains water.
Here are some tips to help your garden – but not your water bill – grow:
- Water your garden in the cool of the early morning or evening. This will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
- Plant flowers and shrubs that thrive in hot and dry conditions such as thyme, evening primrose and rock rose.
- If you water plants and shrubs too often their roots will remain shallow, weakening the plant. Leave them alone once they are established.
- Mulches such as wood chips, bark and gravel help to prevent water evaporation.
- Lawns can survive long periods of dry weather if the grass is not cut too short.
- Collect rainwater in water-butts and use a watering can to target the roots of your plants. If you prefer to use a hosepipe, fit a trigger nozzle to control the flow.
FACT NOT FICTION: The average house roof collects enough water every year to fill 450 water-butts.