Australia has often experienced some of the worst droughts and unfortunately it keeps experiencing them. Currently it is going through such a severe drought.
The latest report from The Bureau of Meteorology says that this July was the driest since 2002 and rainfall was lower than the average in most of southern Australia, Western Australia’s Southern Interior districts and The Goldfields, northern victoria and New South Wales, and northeast and south areas of South Australia.
While Australian farmers are facing the worst effects of drought, home gardens across the country are also affected by the lack of rain and water limitations.
Is there any way to keep our gardens alive while consuming less water at the same time? The good news is that there are many such ways.
According to experts of garden maintenance Darlington by Amico, there are several practical measures you can take to help plants survive on minimum water.
Here are a few very useful tips shared by these experts about taking care of your garden in the driest weather and conserving water wherever possible.
1. Make Use of Mulch
Make use of a lot of mulch to spread it over your all garden beds, pots and vegetable patches. Mulch will help lessen the amount of moisture that gets evaporated from the garden soil or potting mix.
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2. Make Use of Organic Matter
Soil that has plenty of organic matter is able to hold more amount of moisture. Remember to add organic matter regularly to your soil, such as organic soil improvers and compost.
3. Use Soil Wetting Substances
A soil wetting agent is capable of breaking down the water repellent, waxy layer that may get built up over soil and potting mix.
It makes the most of any watering or rain by helping water enter the soil evenly and effectually.
4. Make Use of Polymer Film
Use a specialised film of polymer over the leaves of sensitive plants during a drought. Because of this, less moisture will be lost from leaves.
5. Choose Early Morning Time for Watering
By watering your plants in the cool of early morning time, you can help your plants get hydrated and prepared for the hot day ahead. Evaporation is low too at this time.
6. Make Good Use of Water
You always let cool water flow away in the drain while waiting for your shower to get hot. Instead, place a bucket below and collect the water. Use this water for your garden.
You can also wash your vehicles on the lawn instead of driveway. The water will be automatically used for the lawn.
Install a special system that will reroute your bath and laundry water into a holding tank which you can use later for your garden. However, remember to use only earth-friendly soaps that have low amount of sodium. However, toilet water is not grey water.
Also you can install a rainwater tank on your roof to harvest storm run-off rather than letting the water run down gutters. You can then use this water for dry days.
7. Choose Drought-tolerant Plants for Your Garden
The smartest way is to choose drought-tolerant plants to ensure your garden survives during scarcity of water. There are so many lovely varieties of these plants to choose from. They include:
- Australian native plants like tea tree, bottlebrush, kangaroo paw, banksias and westringia
- Herbs like oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary
- Grey foliage plants like santolina, lamb’s ear and Senecio ‘Silver Dust’
- Flowering plants like proteas, rhaphiolepis, bougainvillea, several salvias and lavender
- Succulents like sedum, agave, aloes, mother-in-law’s tongue and yucca
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Get more such tips and budget-friendly gardening services Kensington by Amico and see your garden thriving happily even during droughts.