How to Conserve Water in Your Garden
It's never too late to think about how to conserve water in your garden — especially if you live in a drought area and still want to immerse yourself in the loveliness of a green garden.
When summers are hot and dry, knowing how to conserve water can give you that beautiful, green, peaceful place you crave for escape. Couples with starter home gardens and those adventurers who saved and bought that lovely piece of land outside of the city to raise a family will want to plan for their garden oasis, and that includes proper watering.
Dealing with Water Restrictions
In some cases, communities have garden watering restrictions. Drought is a real threat to gardens if you don't plan and save for smart watering. One of the best ways to conserve water in your garden can be found in irrigation. Invest in irrigation systems that do the watering for you and direct the minimum amount of water right to the thirsty roots. Above-ground sprinklers that whirl water around are great for running through on hot days but very inefficient for watering. They spray beyond your plants, wasting water and growing weeds. Saving money for an automated irrigation system is the way to go. It frees you up to get out and cycle, hike, sail, or take the kids to the beach — all while your garden continues to grow.
To conserve water and simplify garden care, consider drought-resistant plants such as grasses, poppies, and succulents — these grow best in plant hardiness zones. This doesn't mean giving up on a lawn; you can adjust your plan and water in sections.
Be Creative on Water Sources
There are many paths to conserving water in your home garden. If you have a well on your property that you're not using, it may be time to tap into this water source by using a well pump. People in rainy climates sometimes collect melted snow or rain water in large containers which they, then, use to pump water into their gardens.
It's not a bad idea to check property rights if you live in an active or inactive agricultural area. Water rights often come with properties in these zones, giving you access to water from a local irrigation district. Typically, canals and ditches divert water to your property.
Prime Pump Numbers
The cost for well pumps can be pricey; be sure to determine that it's the right choice for you before you make the purchase. For shallow wells, it can cost about $1,000 to install the pump along with its components, while the pumps themselves cost between $100 and $500. The cost may vary depending on well depth, pump material, capacity, and motor horsepower. If you need to drill the well first, the cost may go up as much as $2,000.
With a little money put away each month in your savings account, you can conserve water and use alternative water sources to keep your garden oasis green and inviting.