If you’re a gardener that has a limitless supply of water, consider yourself fortunate. There are a lot of us who live in drought zones where the garden and lawn irrigating rules are really limiting to the healthy growth of gardens and plants. A lot of individuals simply quit when they discover how few gallons of water they’re permitted to use, but a few of us have discovered ways to cope with less water. There are a lot of ways to optimize ones garden to preserve water while still keeping it plush.
A few of the ways include drip irrigation (the utilization of a pipe or hose with little holes to gradually seep into the roots of the plant), the locating of plants in groups of like watering needs (to prevent squandering water on plants that don’t require it), and utilizing compost or mulch to insulate the water and prevent drainage.
However, among the best ways to keep your garden alive during a drought is to take preventative steps. At times a drought will be predicted in advanced, or those already going through a drought will be given a couple of weeks of heavy rain. If this happens, you should take the chance to set up numerous rain barrels. Many individuals think this is a time consuming and crazy thing to do. However, it may save you many gallons of water, and barely requires any work.
Finding the barrels will likely be the most grueling part. You may utilize your own garbage cans, or head to your home improvement store to acquire some 55 gallon plastic drums. These may be expensive and hard to transport, so bear that in mind before you go to the store. You’ll likely wish to cover the top of the barrel with a screen of some type to filter out any unwanted leaves or junk that could fall off the roof of your home.
Once you have your barrels ready, you’re faced with the choice of where to set them. Commonly during rainfall, there’s one corner or segment of the home that rain tends to pour off of. If you’re taking the easy approach to barrel placement, simply put the barrel under all the places where you see big amounts of drips. But, while this could be the simplest way to place them, you won’t see really high volumes of rain in the barrels.
If you prefer to take a more complicated approach to placing the barrels, you ought to consider tweaking your gutter system a little. If you remove each individual section and place it at a really slight slant so that all the water is diverted to the closest corner of the house, you may place a rain barrel at every corner. So basically your entire home acts as a catcher for the rain, rather than just a few feet worth of shingles. This is how to maximize the total of water your rain barrel will catch.
After a strong rainfall, every individual barrel likely won’t see very much rain. If it looks like it won’t be raining more any time soon, it’s a great idea to empty each barrel into one main barrel. Seal it and save it, for whenever you might need it. Then the next time it begins to rain, you’ll be able to promptly put all your catching barrels into place without having to lug around all the water you’ve amassed so far.
The use of water barrels could sound like an antiquated idea. But, if you’re in the middle of a drought and you’re able to spare that extra couple of gallons for your garden, you’ll be grateful for every bit of time and cash you spent on collecting all that rain. All it takes is some trips out in the backyard each time it starts to sprinkle, and you’ll be a really happy gardener when water isn’t so abundant.