How to irrigate responsibly without wasting water
Water is a precious resource that should be used wisely and responsibly. Especially in times of climate change and drought, we need to be aware of the importance of saving water and using it efficiently.
Gardening is one of the activities that requires the most water, both for plant care and for cleaning green spaces. However, we can water our garden responsibly without wasting it by following a few practical tips and choosing the right tools.
Let’s look at some of them:
Choose the right time to water
The best time to water our garden is early in the morning or in the evening, when temperatures are lower and evaporation is less. Avoid watering during the hottest hours of the day or when it is windy, as the water will easily disperse into the air. Also, water only when plants need it by checking the moisture in the soil with your fingers or a special tool.
Use efficient watering systems
There are a number of different irrigation systems for watering your garden, some of which are more efficient and environmentally friendly than others. For example, drip irrigation or micro-irrigation are systems that deliver water directly to the roots of plants, avoiding waste and leakage.
On the other hand, sprinklers or nozzles distribute water evenly over the entire surface, but can cause excessive evaporation or run-off from the soil. If you use these systems, adjust the pressure and direction of the water well to avoid wetting leaves or non-green areas.
Rainwater is a natural and free source of water for your garden. You can make the most of it by collecting it in special containers such as barrels, cisterns or bins. These containers should be fitted with a lid to prevent insects or leaves getting in and a tap to draw water when needed.
Choose lightweight and compact garden hoses
Garden hoses are essential tools for watering your garden, but they can also be a source of waste and pollution if they break or are easily damaged. To avoid having to replace them often, choose high-quality, durable and repairable garden hoses.
A good example is FITT Freel, the compact hose reel with the innovative FITT Force hose, which is 2 times lighter and 3 times more compact than a conventional hose.
Easy to repair, thanks to the universal fittings supplied, it has a reinforced structure that makes it resistant to twists, bending and abrasion, ensuring a long service life.
By following these simple tips, you can water your garden responsibly without wasting water.
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