Did you know?
Hosepipes and sprinklers can use up to 540 litres of water an hour.
- Most plants prefer rainwater to tap water. Install a water butt to catch rainfall from the roof of your house, shed or greenhouse. Depending on the size of the water butt, size of your roof and how many plants you have to water, you could save 1,000 litres a year.
- Use mulch around plants and only water in the morning or evening as it reduces evaporation and wastage.
- Think about choosing plants that can thrive without too much water, such as lavender, geranium, verbena and alliums.
- Let your lawn go brown over the summer, it’ll soon recover with a few autumn rain showers and it can help reduce the weeds too.
- Allowing your lawn to grow a little longer than normal will also help it retain moisture and is better for pollinators such as bees.
- Cut off the bottom of an empty, plastic bottle and sink it in the ground next to plants. Pour water into the bottle – it ensures water reaches the roots.
- Use water retaining crystals or gel to improve soil water retention in pots.
- Choosing a watering can over a hosepipe reduces wastage.