If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a gardener that has an unlimited supply of water, consider yourself lucky. There are many who live in drought zones where the garden and lawn watering rules are very strict and make it hard to maintain healthy garden growth . Many people just give up when they find out how few gallons of water they are permitted to use, or more so the cost of the water. Many have found ways to cope with less available water and the high cost .
Some of the ways to maximize your water conservation while still enjoying a healthy lush garden are include drip irrigation (the use of a pipe or hose with small holes to gradually seep into the roots of the plant), the placement of plants in groups of equal watering needs (to prevent wasting water on plants that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need it), and using compost or mulch to insulate the water and prevent drainage.
One of the best ways to keep your garden alive and growing during a drought is to take preventative measures. Even during a drought period there is usually a few weeks of heavy rain. If you to set up several rain barrels you will be able to . Many people think this would be a time consuming, silly thing to do. But it can save you many gallons of water, and requires very little work.
Even those who have plenty of water available should take advantage of this. The high noitrogen in rainwater is great for plants
Finding the barrels will probably be easy. A lot of home improvement centers and garden shops are starting to carry these items. You can even make your own out of 30 gallon or 55 gallon plastic drums available in classified ads or craigs list. If you make your own be sure to have a tight fitting screen top to prevent mosquitoes and debris. A simple on and off spigot can be installed available at most home improvement centers. You can use the rain water collected to run a drip irrigation system or simple run a hose off the barrel.
Once you have your barrels ready, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re faced with the decision of where to place them. You should place them under down spots off your gutter system. The ideal would be to place them at all downspouts but even one or two will catch a large amount of water .
Not only will this project make your gardening greener it will conserve some of our resources . Using this old technology will help you to be more green with healthier plants to boot.