Saving water in the garden

Save water in the garden

If you have a garden you’ll know how precious water is to your plants and lawn.

In spring and summer our gardens become thirsty!

But if you water wisely you can care for your plants and the environment at the same time.

You can also make your garden more water efficient by following our top tips:

Planting advice

Before deciding what to plant in your garden, it is worth considering what plants will be suitable. 

It makes sense to plant species that are native to your local area. Why not take a look at neighbouring gardens to see which plants are flourishing?

Our other tips include:

  • planting from May onwards is ideal - earlier in the year it can be too cold and wet
  • conditioning your soil by adding organic matter such as compost or manure. It also improves drainage and helps feed your plants
  • adding a layer of mulch (such as bark or stone chips) around your plants to help the soil retain moisture.
 

Watering advice

When it comes to watering, make sure your plants get a good drink. 

For most of them this means a thorough watering once a week rather than a sprinkling every day. This allows water to soak into the soil and reach the roots, preventing shallow roots forming.  

Deeper-rooted plants are likely to be more resilient to environmental stresses and withstand periods of drought. 

Our other top watering tips include:

  • reducing evaporation from the soil surface by adding mulch around your plants and by watering in the morning and evening when it is cooler
  • ensuring you water your plants at the root and not the leaves. 
  • using a watering can and where ever possible recycle water from your baths, washing up or paddling pools. Sprinklers are wasteful. You could also buy a water butt to capture rain water 
  • letting your lawn go brown over the summer. It’ll soon recover with a few rain showers and it can help reduce the weeds too.
  • allowing your lawn to grow a little longer than normal will help it retain moisture and is better for pollinators such as bees.
  • checking the weather forecast before watering your garden - we live in the UK so it will probably rain tomorrow!

Water saving in the garden

Want more ideas on how to make your garden more water efficient? Take a look at our leaflet.