Every drop counts

Tips to use water wisely

Water is one of the most important resources in the world. Many regions of the world are still suffering from a severe water shortage that is only set to get worse in the coming years and ultimately lead to desertification. That´s why it´s so important to be mindful about how much of this precious resource you are using, uncluding when watering your garden.


Use rain water

Rainwater is an effective solution in terms of protecting the planet and your bank balance. It will help you cut down your use of tap water and he plants in your garden will thank you too thanks to the low lime content. Try collecing water from your downpipe in an old wooden barrel instead of a water butt. A lid will protect the water against contamination and stop mosquitoes from laying their eggs in there.


Drop by drop.

Tough or not, plants absorb water through their roots. So that´s exactly where smart drip irrigation systems direct precious water. Sensors measure the moisture content of the soil. If the soil already contains enough moisture, the next scheduled irrigation is suspended, which reduces water consumption.



Just the right amount

Saving water won’t have a detrimental effect on your garden’s growth. Quite the opposite – regularly giving your garden the exact water it needs actually results in improved plant growth and an increased harvest. This is because targeted watering of the roots reduces leaf diseases, fungi and rot, whilst also eradicating weeds since they no longer get watered in the process.

1. Distribute water evenly

Most plants need to be watered evenly, so make sure you give all the roots enough water rather than just dampening the surface.

2. Water at the right time of day

Early in the morning is the best time of day to water your plants. The earth is heated up during the day but cools down overnight, so less water evaporates in the morning compared to an evening watering. An early start also gives the plants plenty of time to absorb the water so they are strong enough to face the day ahead.

3. Keep leaves dry

Wet leaves are more likely to suffer from diseases. Fungus infestations can occur if leaves are left too damp overnight.

4. Water thoroughly

It’s better to water plants once thoroughly rather than topping them up every now and then. This way, the water can penetrate into the deepest layers of earth and reach all the roots. Depending on the weather, it can be sufficient to water some plants just a few times a week.


5. Avoid waterlogging

Make sure your plants have enough water but try not to drown them. Overwatering cuts off the supply of oxygen to the roots.

6. Use soft water.

The low lime content in rainwater makes it ideal for watering plants.

7. Grouping plants

Grouping plants according to their needs allows for more efficient watering. Modern controllers can be configured for different irrigation zones and watering methods.

8. Regional plants

Growing indigenous plants requires less effort, fertiliser, pesticide – and water. “Old” varieties adapted to the local conditions are more suitable than overbred global hybrid cultivars. But there are other locally cultivated plants that have adapted to the domestic climate.

9. Water evenly around the plant for a balanced well-developed root system

Always watering at only one root point leads to one-sided root growth and thereby to poorer nutrient absorption in the soil. Therefore, always water around the plant and distribute in the entire irrigation area.

10. Use quality, clay-rich soil for better water retention

Plant soil rich in clay minerals has better expanding properties and can therefore hold water in the soil better and in a more even way. In wet summers and in winter, ensure water drainage to prevent waterlogging.


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