As we've seen by the severe drought that Cape Town is currently experiencing, and myriad other affected areas around the world, water is becoming scarcer by the day. Strict but necessary restrictions can result in a garden that suffers, which is why, together with leading paving supplier Corobrik, we've compiled five top tips for saving water this summer while keeping your garden going strong at the same time.
pave the way
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Grass consumes the most water in a garden, so an effective way to cut water expenditure is to reduce the size of your lawn. One of the best looking and most cost-effective ways to go about this is to introduce paved areas to the landscape, creating an al fresco entertainment area or a whimsical courtyard. Use Corobrik's clay pavers for their hardwearing quality and variety of colour options. Remember: make sure not to hose down your paving with potable water.
test the waters
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The Western Cape is known for its unique vegetation: fynbos. Not only are these plants indigenous to the country, making them perfectly suited to the natural conditions, but they are also extremely water-hardy. Get rid of all non-indigenous and water-loving plants in your garden for an outdoor area that feels right at home and saves on water. Succulents are also a great choice.
timing is everything
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The time of day you choose to water your garden will greatly affect how much your plants actually retain. Firstly, make sure you are using grey water or a borehole to decrease your plants' thirst and, secondly, only water at certain times of the day. Early morning and evening are the best times to water as the sun isn't high or strong enough to cause major evaporation. It's best not to water at night as it can increase the risk of your garden contracting fungal diseases.
walk this way
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Not only are garden paths practical and water-saving, they also add a design element to your garden. Lead your visitors on a curated tour around your outdoor space and give your garden sophisticated appeal by creating a simple garden path made from Corobrik's clay brick pavers – they're not difficult to lay on a sand bed and they're durable and easy to walk on.
mad for pots
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Pot plants decrease the spread of water away from plants and therefore decrease water wastage. You can also place woodchips around the base of outdoor pot plants to help the soil retain moisture. We suggest you use cast stone pots as they tend to stay cooler than plastic ones, resulting in the plants needing less water.