8 Top Water-Saving Tips from The 2013 All-Seasons Garden Guide

Ground Cover

Share: 

Rate this Post: 

No votes yet

Gardeners all across the continent are facing periodic drought, high water bills, seasonal water restrictions, and a global concern about potable water. What’s an environmentally conscious gardener to do?

The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide has some answers. In an article called “Be Water-Wise,” author Cynthia Van Hazinga outlines advice on how to save water by making sure that your garden is as water-efficient as possible. The benefits can also extend to your family’s financial bottom line: a water-efficient landscape can cut water use by 20 to 50 percent per year—saving up to 10,000 gallons—and shave $30 to $70 off the average annual household water bill.

The easiest way to start saving water in the garden is by following these 8 Top Water-Saving Tips from The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide!

8 Top Water-Saving Tips

1.     Improve soil’s water-holding capacity with compost.

2.     Install efficient drip irrigation systems.

3.     Choose plants that tolerate drought.

4.     Group plants with similar water needs; set those with high need in shallow depressions.

5.     Water gardens deeply but infrequently; shallow watering encourages shallow roots.

6.     Reuse water from roof and driveway runoff and use waste water.

7.     Mulch to conserve moisture.

8.     Reduce lawns; plant ornamental grasses or ground covers instead. 

~ By  Ginger Vaughan

About This Blog

This new corner of Almanac.com will feature news, information, and cool stuff from The Old Farmer’s Almanac and its family of publications.

What do you want to read next?

Leave a Comment

Free Almanac Newsletters

Weather, sky watch, gardening, recipes, good deals, and everyday advice!