Since Colorado has been in the midst of a severe drought for the past few years, it has been difficult to maintain a garden there. The city has irrigation restrictions in place, and as a result, lawns and plants are not getting enough water. To save water, I’ve had to redesign my garden. There are no other gardens in my neighborhood that aren’t entirely brown thanks to my gardening methods. Use these methods to conserve water if you’re in a dry location or just want to preserve water in your home.
I started by removing all of my plants. As a result of the poor water retention in the soil I was using, I had to water around two and a half times as much as was necessary to actually get the water to the roots. If you’re experiencing the same issue, you may repair it by adding a lot of compost to the soil. This not only keeps the water in, but it also helps the roots grow stronger and better able to withstand the elements.
I was ready to replace all of my plants after I finished preparing the soil for my new, low-water usage strategy. I made a conscious decision to arrange my plants in such a way that the amount of water they require to survive would be reflected in their positioning. I started with the plants that needed the least water on one side of my garden and worked my way around to the other side, increasing the quantity of water they needed as I went. Because of my new arrangement, I no longer have to waste water on plants that don’t require it as much.
I also lowered the quantity of water I used to water my garden by installing a drip irrigation system. Because they drip continuously into your plants, these systems ensure that every drop is absorbed. Roots might become overwhelmed by the amount of water in the soil when using typical watering systems. As a result, a great deal of time is wasted. The drip mechanism takes care of everything.
Plants that are water-intensive may need to be replaced with less water-intensive ones if you are still struggling to keep up with the water requirements of your garden. Check for Heavenly Bamboo when you’re looking for a shrub that doesn’t drain your water supply too much. Aside from being drought-resistant, it’s an attractive addition to any garden. Rosemary, for example, is an excellent herb to have on hand for cooking because it is rarely thirsty.
Flowers that will remain lush and gorgeous despite less water include penstemon kinds such as Garnet, Apple Blossom, Moonbeam and Midnight. Varieties like Cosmos and Yarrow are great for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. It’s amazing how tough and resilient all of these plants are, given that they don’t appear to be that way. Your neighbors won’t be able to say things like, “Look at them, they downgraded their plants merely to endure the drought.”. Stupid people! As a result, they’ll be envious of how well-kept your flowers are despite the new watering restrictions.
Lavender is one of my favorite drought-tolerant plants. I could go on and on about it for a long time. A swath of Lavender plants makes a stunning display in your yard, and they require very little water to thrive. Pineapple sage is another of my favorite flavors. It’s a 2-foot shrub with an odd pineapple scent. Hummingbirds love this plant, and the leaves can be used to flavor beverages.
You may be in the same situation as I was, and you’re dealing with drought and irrigation restrictions, so I recommend trying some of the things I’ve suggested. You’ll still get the rewards even if you’re just attempting to conserve water or be more resourceful in general.