All plants need water, so if you have a yard and/or a garden, every green thing within it is going to need to be watered from time to time. If you live in an area that gets regular rain, then you’re likely going to be in good shape.
On the other hand, if you live in an area that is suffering from a drought or if you live in a place where you don’t get a lot of rain, then you are going to need to water your plants, yard, and garden yourself.
This can get expensive, especially if you have a large yard or garden and if you live in the desert or other dry area. Plants in such places will need more than an average amount of water and you’ll have to pay for that.
Below are a few tips that can save you a bit of money and water, and if you’re paying for it, then water is money.
- Water only when necessary. When is that? Your plants will let you know. All plants are going to wilt a bit in the heat of the day, but if your plants are wilting early in the morning, they’re probably not getting enough water. Keep an eye on them and water them when necessary, but you don’t want to over do it.
- Use non-culinary water if possible. Do you collect your rainwater? Lots of people do, and it’s a great way to water your plants. Rainwater doesn’t have the chemicals that treated municipal water does, so your plants will like it just a little bit more. Collecting greywater isn’t practical for most people, though you might have some if you own an RV. That’s a good source for watering your plants.
- Don’t water in the heat of the day. You’d think this would be obvious to everyone, but water evaporates, and in the heat of the day, water will evaporate more readily than when it’s cooler. Ideally, you want to water in the evening or early morning. If you have a timer or a sprinkler system, you can even water during the night. Watering at 2 PM on a 105° day, on the other hand, isn’t the best idea.
- Water deeply and you won’t have to water as often. The top layer of soil tends to be more dry than the soil further beneath the surface. If you water deeply, it encourages roots to grow deeper into the soil. If you water less often but water for longer periods of time, your plants will develop a better root system that will allow them to find more moisture on their own, thus saving you watering time (and water!) A good rule of thumb on this is one inch of water per week to start. Add 1/2″ inch of water for every 10° increase in average temperature above 60° Fahrenheit (16° Celsius).
Watering your hard in dry or hot climates is something that you cannot avoid unless you’re planning on reducing your yard to rocks and cactus. You can save money, however, by watering appropriately and by avoiding watering more than necessary.