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If you’re lucky enough to have a large garden, you’ll know how long it can take to water. In most cases, using more water will drive up your water bill, which can quickly stack up during hotter months. There are a few ways to cut down your water consumption without letting your plants go thirsty: if you aren’t sure how to water your garden without inflating your water bill, these tips might make it a bit easier for you:
Use a rain barrel
Rain barrels are almost as old as gardening itself, but they still work brilliantly for modern gardens. They’re basically just any container that’ll fill with water when it rains, which you can then use to water things in your garden. Keep in mind that water from your roof won’t be pure – letting water drain from the roof into the barrel fills it much faster, but you might want to save the cleaner water for fruit and vegetables you’re planning to eat.
Lay down some fake grass
If you aren’t particularly bothered about watching your grass grow, and just want to focus on your plants, it could be easier to put down some artificial grass instead. Not only will it not need to be watered, but rain will probably flow all the way downhill, meaning that slanted gardens with plants at the bottom will practically water themselves. If you don’t want to replace everything, it may be worth getting rid of real grass in places you can’t easily reach, like under benches or behind rows of plants.
Take water from streams
It’s unlikely that you’re right next to a natural stream, but if you notice rainwater moving down certain routes in your garden, try and make a valley (or lay some pipe) that’ll redirect it into your flowerbeds. This water won’t be pure, but it’ll only be full of things from the garden anyway, which won’t usually make a difference.
Recycle your water
If rainwater isn’t readily available, grey water can still work – if you can spare the money for a grey water harvesting system, you’ll be able to pipe leftover water into your garden sprinklers or hose. If the system’s properly installed and you wait long enough for all the nasty stuff to break down, it won’t add anything horrible that’ll kill your plants, so you can keep it as an emergency supply exclusively for your garden.
Choose the right time
Don’t water your plants during the hotter hours of the day – they don’t need to be watered consistently every day, so try to soak them once the temperature drops off a little bit. It’s harder for water to evaporate in cooler temperatures, so the plants will get to drink more of it. If you have any water stored in a rain barrel or other container, this will help make it last longer, which is great if you don’t get rainfall very often.