Top 10 Ways To Save Water In Your Garden

Try these simple tricks to conserve H2O.

August 25, 2016
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Water is vital to the life of your garden and yard, yet gardeners often waste this precious resource. Whether your area is suffering from a drought or not, follow these guidelines to cut down on water usage without losing your garden's beauty. 

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1. Deep Watering

Water deeply, making sure to soak the root zone rather than the whole yard.

Related: Does Your Garden Pass The Jerry Brown Water Test?

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2. Native Plants

When landscaping, choose native plants that require little or no water beyond what nature provides (these 18 flowers can take even the hottest, dryest summers). 

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3. Groundcover

Plant groundcovers and shade trees to help keep your yard cool.

Related: The Incredible Way Your Plants Can Clean Up Water Pollution

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4. Mulch

Mulch your garden regularly to lock in soil moisture.

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5. Drip Irrigation

Use watering methods such as drip irrigation or soaker hoses to reduce evaporation by directing water to plant roots. (Here's what you need to know about using your home's own gray water.

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6. Intensive Planting

Closely space plants in your raised vegetable garden so there's less area to water, but be sure to provide enough room for root development.

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7. Xeriscape

Follow the principles of xeriscaping, a water-saving garden design method used by many gardeners in more arid climates.

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8. Build A Deck

Limit the size of your lawn by adding a deck, patio, or walkway, which also adds backyard enjoyment.

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9. Rain Barrel

Connect a rain barrel to a gutter on your home to create a ready source of water for your plants. Here's how to install a rain barrel.

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10. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Recycle household water from drinking glasses and steaming or cooking vegetables and pasta to water plants.