Do you live in a drought-prone region that requires you to plant water-wisely, or just want to reduce the amount of water you need in the garden? Using plants that require less water is one of the most important steps to succeed in cutting down on your water use.
Easy guidelines to decrease the water needs of a beautiful, successful garden:
- Choose plants that use less moisture. You have many beautiful choices of drought-tolerant perennials and drought-tolerant annuals with the natural ability to flourish with little water.
- Transplant seedlings into larger pots or into the garden before they become root-bound. Root systems that have been crowded into a tiny space for too long will have a more difficult time extending and establishing themselves.
- Mulch around your plants to help retain the moisture in the soil and provide protection against the hot sun for your plants’ root system. Keep the mulch from touching your plant stems and leaves.
- Provide ample water to newly planted seedlings to develop their biggest ace in the hole: deep-reaching root systems.
- Water in the morning or early evening, not in the heat of the day, to reduce evaporation. Instead of many light sprinklings, give your plants a deep soaking less frequently. Your seedlings’ roots will grow larger, longer, and more able to withstand longer dry periods.
Written by Mary Garcia.