Watering your garden in the summer with Yorkshire Gardens
By John Brennan, 24/06/2021
Now that we’re in summer and our gardens are flourishing under the sun, you may find yourself asking what can be done in terms of watering. This is an integral part of garden maintenance in the summer given the extreme heat and no one wants to let their plants dehydrate. The conventional way would be to simply take a watering bucket, fill it using the tap, and pour it over your plants. However, there are a number of ways you can ensure your plants get the nourishment and hydration they need to thrive in the summer.
Rainwater harvesting encompasses a number of processes that involve collecting rainwater and reusing it to nourish your garden. One simple process involves leaving buckets out to collect the water during periods of heavy downpour, and then saving the collected water for days when it’s hot and there’s no rain. An alternate and more popular way to do this is to use water butts, which are designed to collect water from the down pipe whilst still letting the overflow enter the drain through the use of rainwater diverters. Water can be collected from roofs that have gutters and a down pipe that enters a drain, whether it be a home or a garage. The collected water is best to be used on plants already grown rather than seeds to avoid the risk of fungal diseases that can harm your plants. You can avoid the water carrying diseases and smelling if you regularly clean the water butts or rotate different ones. Rainwater harvesting not only benefits your plants but also you because it allows you to save money on using your own tap water.
When it comes to periods of sparse rainfall in the summer, an alternative way to help keep your garden watered would be automatic irrigation. Irrigation is a process that involves artificially applying water to soil. Automatic irrigation refers to a few different systems that are automated through the use of electronic appliances such as computers, timers, and sensors, meaning that no manual involvement is required. There are a number of automatic irrigation systems you could implement in your garden, such as a sprinkler system. Sprinklers help keep both your lawn grass and garden plants moisturised so they don’t dry out in the summer heat. Another system would be micro drip irrigation, which is a type of micro-irrigation that allows water to directly drip down into the plants’ roots.
Drought Tolerant Planting
If you’re looking to save money on water and irrigation equipment altogether, you could go the route of drought tolerant planting. This refers to plants that have evolved to survive in harsh conditions, in places with dry soils and little rainfall, such as the Mediterranean. These are beneficial, not just because they save you money on water costs, but also because they are low maintenance. At Yorkshire Gardens, we offer our customers our very own planting scheme, which helps you decide what is best for your garden. If you already have an idea of what to do with your garden, we can help bring it to fruition. If you’re looking for low-maintenance plants to last through the summer, we can take all of the aspects of your garden into consideration and decide what is best in terms of the types of drought tolerant plants and where to plant them. Concerning plants that need moisture, we can also create bog gardens for gardens that have poor drainage, that allow those plants to thrive.
If you’re looking for more specific guidance on watering methods during the summer, or are interested in our planting scheme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can provide you with professional advice. You can contact us by telephone at 0113 262 1214. Alternatively, you can book a free consultation using the enquiry form on our Contact page.