Conserving Water in the Garden

by Brooke Tolman
(last updated October 31, 2018)

Water conservation is important since water is becoming an increasingly limited resource. Not only is it good for the environment to conserve water, but it can help trim down your water bill quite a bit. An added benefit is that you can save money for that vacation you've wanted to go on. Use these guidelines to help keep your garden looking green in a water shortage.

  • Mulch. Add 2 inches of groundcover to your plant beds and that will help conserve water. Mulching lowers the ground temperature of the soil and helps to reduce evaporation greatly. Not only does mulching help with water conservation but you get the added bonus of weed and erosion control. What a deal!
  • Plant native plants. Picking plants that are indigenous of your local community will help conserve water because they have already adapted to the climate. They often need little to no watering or care and many of them are still really beautiful.
  • Manage your watering. Not only do you want to water your garden in the early morning or late evening to help reduce evaporation as much as possible, but you want to use a method of watering that won't waste water. The best thing to do is to use a trigger nozzle or a soaker hose to do the job when doing specific areas of your garden. The worst way to water a garden is to stand there and spray water lightly over the garden; you need to get the water to the roots. If you have to use a sprinkler, lay out a Frisbee, upside down, and when Frisbee fills with water, turn off the sprinkler. Sprinklers soak through the soil and grass a lot quicker than most people think and that ends up wasting a lot of water.
  • Weed. Weeds give your plants competition for water, so the fewer weeds you have, the more water your plants will get. So make sure to weed often. Be careful when weeding, however, so as not to disrupt the soil too much. Any stirring of the soil increases moisture loss.
  • Reduce lawn maintenance. Mow higher and less often as you normally do, this will help to reduce the amount of energy put into lawn growth. Don't pick up your clippings, they will help to act as a type of mulch and keep moisture in.

Using these tips will dramatically increase your conservation of water, so go ahead and test them out. You won't regret it.

Author Bio

Brooke Tolman

Brooke is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She currently resides in Seattle where she works as a freelance data analyst and personal trainer. She hopes to spend her life camping and traveling the world. ...


Cooking Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is known for its feast of food. The main dish, of course, being turkey, your worst nightmare would be having ...

Discover More

Commercial Ovens

If you're in the market to start your own restaurant, you'll need to know all about commercial ovens. Read and find out ...

Discover More

Ostrich Meat

Ostrich meat is surprisingly low fat and healthy. Unlike most bird meat, it is a red meat and tastes surprisingly like ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Basic Watering Rules

Properly watering your garden or landscape can be a confusing prospect for even an experienced gardener. However, if you ...

Discover More

Vegetable Garden Irrigation

A variety of methods can be used to irrigate your vegetable garden, ranging from very simple to complex. The easiest ...

Discover More

Problematic Watering

Can you recognize the signs of problematic watering in your garden? Surprisingly, one of the largest root causes of many ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 + 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)