Please click on the links or navigation bar (top left =) for more pages
Gardening and watering in dry, hot weather.
Water companies lose 300 million gallons of water a day through leaks.
Green Lawn Man wastes the same amount of water in one hour as a family of four uses in a week.
These tips will help your garden and lawn survive long dry spell of hot weather without wasting water
A great way to keep moisture in your soil is to mulch it. Anything from grass clippings, kitchen waste to leafs, in fact anything that was once green and alive can be used as a mulch, the sort of stuff I have listed on my, how to make compost page, helps preserve moisture and will put nutrients back into the soil. Newspaper, sacking and cardboard also make useful mulches
Consider planting drought tolerant plants, these are generally long rooted plants like Jerusalem Artichokes, leeks, parsnips and carrots. Most herbs with woody stems, such as oregano, thyme and rosemary, will also do well in a drought. Check out more plants that will thrive in dry conditions on my plants for sandy soil page
If part of your garden is boggy or waterlogged its fairly easy, providing slopes run the right way, to channel water from the waterlogged area to the dry bit by digging a shallow trench filled with stone or gravel.
Spacing plants in dry conditions.
Don't overcrowd plants of the same species, its OK to plant different types of plants together, i/e long roots, shallow rooting and herbs.
We have just had one of the wettest winters on record, but now the water wasters, like green lawn man and the water companies (who can't fix leaks) are fast using up our water reserves, risking a ban on the rest of us watering our plants. Let's look at more environmentally friendly ways to keep lawns green.