Let’s talk about the best water practices for gardening. The key to a healthy garden is water and the ways we use water.
Water is life and not all water is the same. Chlorine, chloramines and other nasty chemicals found in water contributes to health problems and not so healthy gardens.
Plants must have just the right amount of water to thrive, too much can kill your crop. Additionally, overwatering is extremely wasteful and so 1980’s. Keep your plants growing strong and healthy. Keep your garden the apple of your eye.
10 Simple Water Practices For Gardening ...
- Purchase a non-toxic water hose - People do not realize that the rubber from the garden hose is toxic. Use an environmentally friendly toxic free garden hose that is drinking water safe that uses NSF approved materials.
Add a filter for your water hose - There are several ways to produce clean water to feed your garden. One of the best ways to water your garden is to clean the water through a garden hose filter. A garden hose filter is very effective in removing chlorine, chloramine, heavy metals and a long list of nasty chemical toxins.
- Install a rain gauge in your garden, and adjust your watering accordingly. Best results are achieved when you keep the water pressure low, and point the spout directly at the plants to avoid watering sidewalks or driveways.
- Water Deeply. Efficient watering techniques keep your garden growing strong and save money on your water bill. Plant your garden in level soil to prevent runoff waste. Level soil surfaces give your plants plenty of time to absorb water before it runs downhill.
- Water your garden are in the early morning before the sun gets too hot or late day as the sun goes down. This will help prevent water loss through evaporation.
- Xeriscape (from the Greek xeros, meaning dry) is a water-saving garden designed to maximize rainfall by incorporating smart irrigation techniques.
Get a rain barrel. Fit a rain barrel to your standard downspouts, to filter debris from rainwater and deflect overflow away from a home's foundation.
- Design a rain garden. Rain gardens take advantage of land’s natural water runoff to nourish the plants that live there. Unlike a regular garden that needs watering, a rain garden is constructed so that it reuses water that would otherwise run off into the sewage systems.
- Put a timer on your sprinkler. A timer saves you the trouble of turning sprinkler systems off and on. You can set the system to water your yard or garden in the early morning hours, or several times throughout the day.
- Don’t water on a windy day. Much of the water will be lost to evaporation, so just don’t water on windy days.
Make your garden the best of the best. Conserve our most valuable resources on the planet and show your love for all of creation by following our 10 Simple Water Practices For Gardening.
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Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.
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