Thankfully the weather has been improving and now is the time to begin saving water to use for our gardens. Every gardener should do what they can to recycle water as it helps our environment by reducing the demand on our aquifers and reservoirs. Check out these water saving tips.
1. Gray Water Recycling
Water that you use at your home, except for toilet water, can be recycled and used in your garden. The soil is able to filter out soap and detergent and other contaminants in the water. However, you do not want to use this water for any edible crops you may be growing as the water might be contaminated from pathogens. Unless you filter gray water, it is important to use it quickly, typically within 24 hours.
2. Water Butts
One of the easiest ways to collect water is by installing water butts on each of your home’s downpipes. Fit them on the pipes on your garage, greenhouse, and anywhere else they may be. The most functional option is a plastic butt that has a tap installed at its base. But, any large water holding vessel that is aesthetically pleasing will work for recycling water for your garden. If you have outdoor fountains, then take a look at these outdoor water fountain tips – they can help you conserve water for your garden.
3. Reed Beds
You can design your garden in such a way that it includes a reed bed. They are quite attractive, actually and very useful. As you create a reed bed, allow one square meter for each person that lives in your home. Then, plant phragmites australis, which is most common, into the waterproofed bed. It should be about 70 centimeters deep and backfilled with stone, shingle and sand, and gravel layers. This will then be linked to a tank that collects clean water you can use for your garden needs.
4. Underground Storage Tanks
The most costly option, but the most effective is storage tanks that are placed underground. Place a storage tank underground to collect water. These tanks should be at least five meters from the house or it could affect the foundation. While this is quite an investment, in the long term you will find that you are able to save substantially by helping our environment.