South Africa: Water wise gardening for summer

water wise gardening in South AfricaJohannesburg – It’s been one of the coolest springs on record, but the heat of summer is just around the corner. What should you be doing in the garden this summer?

Start by adopting sensible water-wise principles in your garden to condition your plants for the heat of summer. The deeper the roots of a plant, the deeper the water must sink to reach them. When the days get hot, water plants thoroughly twice a week, rather than giving them a light daily sprinkling.

In small gardens, watering by hand is the most efficient way of making sure each plant receives the correct amount of water.

Group plants that need the most water near the house and in containers on the patio for easy access.

Invest in a water tank for collecting rainwater off a roof.

Use a shredder to reduce the amount of garden refuse. Cover soil with this mulch to retain moisture, discourage germination of weeds and insulate soil from temperature extremes. Organic mulches in the form of compost, shredded bark, cocoa husks, peanut shells or pine needles can also be used.

In the vegetable garden, plant closely and in broad rows for less evaporation. A shallow basin around newly planted trees and shrubs, and around vegetables like tomatoes and squash, allows water to collect and slowly filter down to the roots.

Source: IOL Abbrev.  (By Kay Montgomery)

Now is the time to capitalise of the abundant rainfall that many parts of South Africa are receiving.  Rainwater can be collected off rooftops and stored in rain water tanks for garden irrigation, both now and for later use in the dry season.  Rainwater from rainwater tanks can also be used for filling up swimming pools, laundry, bathing/showering, washing the car and for drinking (if you use the water for drinking, ensure that it is appropriately filtered to remove possible contaminants from your roof and gutters).  Rain water tanks are available in many shapes and sizes and if space is an issue, underground water tanks can be installed.  Click on the links below to view the wide range of water tanks, rainwater tanks and steel tank stands offered by JoJo Tanks, South Africa.

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