[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
Water gives life! Warmer weather is coming, and our gardens may now require additional care, water and moisture to survive and stay healthy throughout the hot summer.
It doesn’t take much, however, to overdo it: knowing how to water properly is difficult, and it’s easy to cause unnecessary and costly waste. Luckily, there are a few simple and smart DIY tricks to help reduce water consumption when watering the garden; by keeping them in mind, you can help yourself and fellow garden lovers keep your lawns healthy throughout the seasons, while also limiting water usage.
Here are 3 smart strategies to help reduce water consumption when watering your lawn.
The best hours for watering the lawn are definitely the coolest ones, early in the morning or late at night. Water that gets deposited on plants and grass will not evaporate immediately, as it would during the hottest hours; instead, it will stay there longer, settling directly into the ground. This little trick has a few obvious benefits: you can water less, less often, and expect the same results as an abundant irrigation carried out at the wrong time.
We will never get tired of praising the benefits of the technique known as mulching, which requires you to leave all grass and plant clippings lying on the lawn. Other than producing excellent natural fertiliser, mulching helps by letting crushed leaves, which retain a high water content, fall on the lawn and compost quickly: this makes grass clippings very useful, because they provide the turf with a balanced, healthy and suitable water supply.
What is spiking? Simple: it is a practice of airing and maintaining the lawn, also known as ‘scarification’ or ‘aeration’. You can do it using a simple pitchfork to poke holes in the lawn and then fill them with coarse sand. By doing this, you allow surface water to soak deeply into the soil, also providing essential oxygen to the roots. Once again, the benefit is clear: you help irrigation water reach places in the soil and turf that it wouldn’t have otherwise, except through excessive and exaggerated watering.
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