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Tips for Greener Garden Watering

It’s never been more important to use greener garden watering methods on your lawn, flower beds and vegetable gardens. Using the tips in this article you will have a greener garden and you will probably use less water or use water that naturally falls from the sky. Which will probably save you some money too.

These days we can no longer take our environmental resources for granted. Fortunately, there are green garden watering practices which not only save water, they actually do a better job of keeping your lawn and garden lush, green and healthy.

Two Environmentally Friendly Garden Watering Tips

1. Use a Rain Barrel

Rainwater collected from the roof of your house can be used to water the garden, or for washing exterior windows and the car.

By using the water collected in a rain barrel, you can help reduce demand on treated municipal water, and save yourself money on water bills in the process.

The other great advantage of rainwater is that it is free from chemicals like lime, calcium and chlorine. Clean water keeps your garden greener.

Rainbarrels are very easy to set up. All you need to do is attach the barrel to the downpipe leading from the roof. You can buy your rain barrel already set up, or make one yourself using recycled food storage barrels.

2. Use Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is the best way to keep your garden lush and green without wasting a precious drop of water.

Water is delivered directly to the roots of plants through a specially designed hose which is full of tiny holes. Garden plants and lawns absorb watering much more efficiently this way, and you don’t lose water to evaporation or runoff.

It’s easy to set up a drip irrigation system in the garden yourself, if you have a little gardening know-how. You’ll need a drip irrigation hose, or hoses, a filter, a pressure regulator, a timer if you want to make the watering system automatic, and a backflow preventer to ensure dirty water doesn’t back up into your household drinking water.

For more information on environmentally friendly ways to water your garden, please read this article on water conservation.

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