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How to Save Water in Your Garden

Water conservation makes good economic and environmental sense. Here are some ways to save water in your garden.


  • Step 1: Ensure good drainage Make sure the soil in the garden has good drainage.
  • Step 2: Plant for microclimates Position your plants to match the garden's microclimates -- the areas exposed to sun, shade, wind, heat, and cold.
  • TIP: Group plants that require the most water together so they can be watered at the same time.
  • Step 3: Limit turf Limit the areas planted in turf. Lawns use the most water in typical home landscapes.
  • Step 4: Water efficiently Use water efficiently by adjusting your watering to seasonal changes. Use drip or soaker hoses. Reduce evaporation by mulching and by watering at cooler times of the day.
  • Step 5: Water deeply Water plants infrequently but deeply. Deep watering helps plants develop greater tolerance to fluctuations in soil moisture.
  • Step 6: Check your irrigation system Check you irrigation system for leaks, broken heads, broken valves, and other water-wasters. Adjust sprinkler and hose placement so that water isn't running into the driveway, street, or sidewalk. By becoming a little more thoughtful about your watering, you'll save money and optimize growing conditions for your plants.
  • FACT: The name "cactus" originally belonged to a prickly plant found in Italy called the Spanish artichoke.

You Will Need

  • Good drainage
  • Match to microclimates
  • Limited turf
  • Efficient watering
  • Deep watering
  • Intact irrigation system

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