The way you should care for your garden depends on different things: where you live, the varieties of plants as well as the time you have on your hands. Choosing plants which are adapted to the climate and soil of your area is the first way to ensure reasonable watering – all the more since different varieties have different water needs! Here are a few tips that will help you with garden irrigation while cutting down on your water use.
A matter of balance
Obviously, a couple of potted plants sitting on your balcony do not require the same maintenance as a garden stretching over several acres of land. Yet, at all times, it is an absolute priority to understand how irrigation can affect your surface so as to avoid both a lack and an excess of water.
Why is that?
Your plants, lawn and vegetables are made up of 90% water. To grow properly, they require a controlled source of hydration, along with adequate exposure and a rich soil. It’s all a matter of balance!
It is generally easy to spot the effects of water deficiency in your plants. Plants give you clues: leaves turning yellow, stems getting dry and leguminous plant roots will tend to split. These are warning signs that your greens need more water. Keeping an eye on your plants’ appearances will thus help you to anticipate dehydration.
However, be careful since too much in water will also cause your plants to wilt while fostering diseases and the appearance of parasites. Don’t overwater your lawn, remember to irrigate sparingly and always check that stagnating water is absorbed by your potted plants’ soil.
Furthermore, when your garden and potted plants are faced with climactic hazards, they can suffer from hydric stress – too much water after a drought can be as dangerous as no water at all. Always pay attention to the weather and plan ahead for droughts or possible floods with smart connected objects.
Estimating and cutting back on water use
In France, the average household consumes up to 55 m3 of water per person per year, amounting to 50 L a day, used for drinking, cooking, cleaning and garden watering.
The key to minimising water use when caring for your garden is to pay attention to outdoor conditions. Netatmo’s Weather Station gives you real time access to the weather data that matters to you – the data that is collected on your front porch. Outdoor temperature, humidity level and air quality all help you to know precisely how much watering your garden needs. The weather station replaces traditional thermometers, hygrometers and barometers. Its precise weather forecasts allow you to avoid watering before a rain shower. What’s more, all the statistics can be tracked live on your smartphone!
Aside from paying attention to the weather, you can also try alternative watering methods to avoid wasting this precious resource.
Indeed, knowing how to balance plant irrigation can save considerable amounts of water. Several methods, such as installing shower heads (similar to those fixed on the shower system in your bathroom) on your watering systems, or recovering waste and rainwater can help you save between 217 and 267 €/year – that is to say 45% of your water bills (30% is saved on water and a further 15% is saved on energy).
All in all, use of adequate systems and knowledge of a few simple guidelines can help you optimise your garden’s irrigation while considerably cutting down your water budget. Great news for the planet – and for your wallet!