Smart Garden: We Appreciate Every Drop

On hot summer days, plants that decorate our garden need more water as well as we do. But excessive watering is harmful, and the water should be saved. Modern technology and little tricks come to help us.

Automatic watering. If you use a sprinkler system, you should know that usual sprinklers spend up to 1 000 liters of water per hour. In comparison, even a family of four members require less amount of water a day. A reasonable solution is a device including watering only when needed, depending on the soil moisture. The degree of hydration monitors a sensor and the measurement results are transmitted to the control unit every 30 minutes via the radio.

Датчик сам определит, нужно ли поливать, и подаст сигнал на блок управления

Do not overdo it, watering lawns. Yes, they can become a little bit brown in the summer. But in the autumn rains and grass will recover. Try to plant clover on the lawn, it remains green even in a drought.

If you are using a simple hose, provide it with a spray-gun: adjusting water pressure, you'll spend much less. The main thing is never to water the garden in the middle of a hot day, only in the early morning or evening. Otherwise the precious moisture will quickly evaporate.

"Пистолет" поможет не вылить лишнего на газон или грядку

«Grey» wastewater. Not all houses are connected to a central sewage system, but the use of septic tanks and local treatment facilities has its advantages. The most advanced systems can safely pour «grey» water on the flower beds. If there's no such wastewater treatment, try to wash dishes in a plastic basin and use the accumulated water. If it is very dirty, you can water only grown shrubs and trees. In any case, small amount of soap won't do much harm.

Вода, в которой промывался рис, послужит еще и удобрением

Endurable plants. For flowerbeds and boarders pick flowers and herbs that can do without water for a long time. As a rule, they have a strong flavor, have fleshy leaves or leaves covered with feather. Note lavender, sedum spectabile, lamb's ears and ornamental grass such as Stipa tenuissima woolly Stachys. To suit the highest tier choose Cotinus coggygria, Choisya ternata (Mexican orange blossom) and Trachelospermum jasminoides.

Эхинацея меньше страдает от "жажды", чем другие цветы

It's better to plant perennials in pots rather than beds and to prefer species that tolerate drought, such as pelargonium, gazania, Osteospermum. Plants in pots are better to be put close to each other to create a microclimate and to reduce evaporation. You can put them on the tray with hygroscopic coating - capillary mat, which retains moisture and then gradually gives its roots. This not only saves water, but also helps if you do not plan to visit your country estate in the near future.

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