matter where you live, being a waterwise gardener makes environmental and
economic sense. And it's really easier
than you think.
rain barrels to capture rain off your roof or directly from the sky. Decorate or mask the barrels with nearby
connect it to a soaker hose installed in a nearby garden. Just open the spigot and allow gravity to
slowly empty the water throughout the day.
soaker hoses and drip irrigation will also save water by applying the water
directly to the soil where it is needed.
moisture-loving plants together. You'll
save time and money spent watering by skipping those drought tolerant plants
and lawns that can recover from drought induced dormancy.
water thoroughly and less frequently to encourage deep drought tolerant
roots. And mulch the soil to conserve
moisture and keep roots cool.
Many municipalities, nature centers, and home gardeners are converting 50-gallon
food containers into rain barrels. The
price is right, but they are not always the most attractive. Improve their looks with a bit of paint and
creativity. Watch the Melinda's Garden
Moment on painting rain barrels for
tips and techniques.