How to keep your garden looking nice during a hosepipe ban
Posted on May 09, 2023
Gardening is a wonderful hobby that allows you to create a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space. However, during a hosepipe ban, keeping your garden looking it's best can be a challenge. A hosepipe ban has recently been imposed in Devon, joining the ban that has been in place in the rest of Devon & Cornwall, due to low levels of water in the local reservoirs. Unfortunately this means that you are not allowed to use a hosepipe to water your garden. This can be a problem, especially during the hot summer months when plants need plenty of water to thrive. In this blog, we will discuss some tips on how to keep your garden looking nice during a hosepipe ban.
CHOOSE DROUGHT RESISTANT PLANTS
The first step to keeping your garden looking nice during a hosepipe ban is to choose plants that are drought-resistant. These are plants that can survive with minimal water and can withstand hot, dry conditions. Some examples of drought-resistant plants include succulents, lavender, and rosemary. These plants have adapted to survive in arid environments and require little water to thrive.
COLLECT RAIN WATER
It is important to make the most of any rain that falls at all times, not just during a hosepipe ban. Collecting rainwater in a water butt is a great way to do this and, is ideal use to water your plants during the hosepipe ban. To ensure that your water butt is effective, make sure that it is placed in a location that receives plenty of rainfall, is properly covered to prevent evaporation and make sure you keep it clean.
WATER PLANTS EARLY MORNINGS OR LATE EVENINGS
During a hosepipe ban, you are allowed to water your plants using a watering can. To make the most of this, it is important to water your plants at the right time. Watering your plants early mornings or late in the evening can help to reduce water evaporation and ensure that your plants receive the water they need. Watering during the heat of the day is not recommended, as the water will evaporate quickly, and your plants may not receive the water they need.
Using mulch is an effective way to retain moisture in your garden. Mulch is a layer of material that is placed on top of the soil around your plants. It can be made from a variety of materials, including compost, straw, and wood chips. Mulch helps to keep the soil moist by reducing evaporation and protecting the soil from the sun's heat. This means that you will need to water your plants less frequently, and they will still receive the moisture they need to grow.
Using plant pots is a great way to keep your garden looking nice during a hosepipe ban. Plant pots are easy to move around, so you can position them in areas that receive more shade or less wind. They also require less water than plants in the ground, as the soil in pots retains moisture more effectively. If you choose to use plant pots, make sure to choose ones that are the right size for your plants, and that have good drainage to prevent waterlogging.
In conclusion, keeping your garden looking nice during a hosepipe ban is possible with a little planning and effort. Choosing drought-resistant plants, watering at the right time, using mulch, collecting rainwater, and using plant pots are all effective ways to ensure that your garden thrives during the hot summer months. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that you can enjoy all year round.
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