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How Water-Smart Gardens Help In Conservation Of Water?

A garden which is smartly created so that it suits your local conditions can make a huge difference to your water consumption and water bills in return. Also, it will help keep the plants in your garden growing.

Up to 60 per cent of household water is used outdoors and much of it is wasted. Designing, planting and maintaining a water-smart garden can prove to be very rewarding. It helps in reducing water use and saving your money, time and effort.



Planning your garden

You can take the advantage of the climate by planning and building your smart garden while still marinating beauty and variety. You can follow the below mentioned tips:
  • Group together the plants that have similar water requirements. This will help you to provide your plants the right amount of water at the right time.
  • In order to reduce water loss, plants that consume a lot of water are best in a sheltered spot. Large trees can help shelter your garden and limit evaporation.
  • Reduce lawn areas since they need a large amount of water to keep them looking good.
  • The hard surfaces outdoors can get very hot and dry out nearby soils, as well as cast off rather than absorb rainwater. Thus, minimizing them is the best option. 
Passive design with plants

By using passive design solutions, the garden plants can play an important role in heating and cooling your home. Trees and vines can be used to protect your home from the hot sun in summer. The deciduous trees and vines can let the warmth of the sun into your home in winter after they lose their leaves. Passive design, in adding to shading and cooling, can also use plants to direct breezes into your windows in hot weather. You can also use trees to deflect hot or cold winds away from your home to keep you comfortable and reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Plants for your garden

Different plants are suited to different conditions. The native plants that are already adapted to your local climate and soil type are likely to be a safe investment, if planted correctly. They will also provide habitat and food to encourage birds and insects into your garden. The plants taken from areas with high rainfall are not likely to thrive in the drier parts.

Soil quality

Dry or low-quality soil can stop water from penetrating into your plants’ roots and can make it difficult for them to grow. You can make a huge difference to the health of plants by using following tips:
  • Gypsum and sand added to clay soils helps to break up clay and improve drainage.
  • Hard, deep-rooted plants can also help break up poor soils.
  • You could use compost or set up a worm farm and use the worm castings to add organic matter to the soil. This will also reduce your need for fertilizers.
You can also try to opt for natural methods, in case you do not want to add fertilizer to your soil. Chemical additives are a quick fix but can have negative long term impacts on the environment. The water crystals and soil wetting agents can increase soil moisture for use by the plants. The soil wetting agents allow water to penetrate dry soil surfaces and prevent run-off. Water crystals help store the water in the soil.

For more information, you can call on Thames Water Contact Number and get in touch with its dedicated team.
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