Water-wise gardening tips for South Africa

Because gardens are often so water-intensive, it is important to look at the principles of water-wise gardening. Water-wise gardens are also lower maintenance than normal gardens.

water-wise gardeningThe following tips are taken from Water-wise gardening (Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and National Botanical Institute, 1998).

  • Grow water-wise plants – generally the best suited plants are those indigenous to the area, as they seldom need additional watering.
  • Group plants according to their water needs – this avoids wasting water on plants that don’t need it.
  • Consider the quality and type of your lawn. Lawns guzzle water, so consider reducing your lawn area. At least use tougher, low-water lawn types such as Buffalo (coastal areas) or Kweek (inland) rather than Kikuyu.
  • Maintain your garden – remove unwanted plants, plant more perennials than summer annuals, as they have deeper root systems and so need less watering.
  • Improve the soil and mulch. Soil water-holding capacity is improved by higher organic matter content. Mulching (covering the soil with a thick layer of bark, compost, straw etc) keeps the soil much more moist.
  •  Plant in the right season – For winter rainfall areas this is in autumn and early winter so the plants have a chance to develop their root systems before the dry season. In summer rainfall areas it is spring and early summer for the same reason.
  • Water correctly – avoid watering during the heat of the day or in windy conditions.
  • The best irrigation system is drip irrigation – it uses 25% of water used by normal irrigation systems with the same effect, and can even be placed under lawns.

Source: Biophile Magazine (By DWAF & NBI)

Complementing water-wise gardening with rainwater harvesting for irrigation saves money and water as well as reducing stormwater run-off (that picks up pollutants on streets and ultimately ends up in our water water ways).  Rain gardens are another sustainable and water-wise method of making a garden to be proud of.  When choosing rain water tanks, be sure to select a brand that offers a guarantee and that manufacture water tanks with a food-grade lining; in South Africa we recommend tanks made by JOJO Tanks.  Click on the links below to view the various JoJo tanks products available.

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