Did you know that Canadians are one of the highest per capita users of water in the world? Our water use increases by approximately 50% in the summer, due to lawn and water gardening, swimming pools and car washing. We can all make a difference by using each drop of water wisely. And this summer, that’s even more important as we’ve had next to no rain through June.
Here are some tips to help you conserve water in your garden:
- Plan and design your garden with water conservation in mind.
- Group plants with similar moisture requirements close together. Thus, you can water the thirsty plants as they need replenishing, rather than the whole garden.
- Mulch and add compost to your garden to improve water retention. 2-3” of mulch is ideal for water retention.
- Place plants that require the greatest amounts of water in areas that receive run-off from slopes or downspouts.
- Get a rain barrel and drain your downspout into that. You’ll have a steady supply of chlorine-free water for the garden.
- Learn to watch for the first signs of drought stress or wilting, and let that be your guide. Then water deeply, but not unnecessarily. Use a trowel or spade to dig down into the soil to see how deeply the water has gone. It should penetrate a good four inches or so, in order to do any good.
- Water only where it is needed – not on the driveway or patio. There are dozens of types of sprinklers and hoses available which help minimize water losses. Soaker hoses are a good suggestion for vegetable gardens. Avoid watering during the heat of the day due to evaporation. We suggest in this heat to water before 9 am and after 6 pm.
- Consider purchasing water saving pots, such as self-waterers which help to ensure that water isn’t wasted, but it rather used by the plant as it is needed. At GreenWay we carry deck boxes that have a water reservoir to help with keeping your plants well-watered.
- Remember all plants require supplemental water for the first growing season! Do not allow newly planted perennials to dry out.
Come in to find out which plants are the most drought tolerant, or check our Plant Finder on our website. We can help you save water (and money) while keeping your garden green and healthy.
And remember to find out what the water restrictions are in your area. Watering outside of allocated times/dates can bring forth large fines.
Here are some plants which are known as being relatively drought tolerant:
|Botanical Name||Main Features||Sun Exposure|
|Achillea (Yarrow)||many colors, good for cutting||Full Sun|
|Ajuga (Bugleweed)||low evergreen groundcover||Shade, Partial Sun|
|Armeria (Thrift)||bright pink pom-pom flowers||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Artemisia||silver foliage, fragrant||Full Sun|
|Coreopsis (Tickseed)||yellow starry flowers||Full Sun|
|Dianthus (Pinks)||fragrant flowers, rock garden||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)||purple or white daisies||Full Sun|
|Gaillardia (Blanketflower)||yellow/red daisies||Full Sun|
|Hemerocallis (Daylily)||many varieties to choose from||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Lavandula (Lavender)||evergreen, blue flowers||Full Sun|
|Paeonia (Peony)||large showy flowers||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Papaver (Poppy)||satiny flowers, many colors||Partial Sun|
|Salvia (Sage)||many varieties to choose from||Full Sun|
|Sedum (Stonecrop)||succulent leaves, many types||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
|Stachys (Lamb’s-ears)||fuzzy gray foliage||Full Sun, Partial Sun|
Contact us to learn more about water-wise gardening and how to conserve water in your garden!