Not everyone has green fingers and for some, mowing the lawn is an absolute chore.

Here are our top 10 tips for all those lazy gardeners out there: 


  1. Let your lawn go brown. Seriously. Lawns can brown in hot weather but they soon bounce back after rainfall and don’t need watering in between. 
  2. Love your butt. Get a water butt (what did you think we were talking about?). Water your garden for free by collecting rainwater. Set it near your plants so it’s easy for you to top up your watering can.
  3. Add mulch. Mulch helps keep the moisture in for your plants (so less watering) and also helps to suppress weeds (so less weeding!). 
  4. Water in the morning or early evening. The temperature is cooler at these times, so less water is needed to water your plants, you’ll whizz round the garden in no time.  
  5. Get the right tools. There’s a range of tools out there to help the laziest of gardeners, from water sticks that tell you when you need to water your plants, to water storing gels that help to water your plants, whether they’re flower beds or window boxes. Plus, you can order these for free in our Water Saving Kit. Order yours here. 
  6. Check the weather forecast. If it’s going to rain, put your feet up!
  7. Did you know, people can overwater their garden? Save yourself time and water by watering less frequently. A good soak every 10 days is plenty for most plants.
  8. Choose low maintenance plants and flowers that need less water.  
  9. Reuse water. If you’ve used water for your paddling pool or in a bucket to wash your car, you can use this to water your garden. It’s better for the environment and easier than pouring down the drain.
  10. When watering plants, focus on the roots. This saves water and helps your plant absorb it where it’s needed most. The best way to do this is by using a watering can so it’s easier to direct the water flow. You could also attach a trigger nozzle to your hosepipe which halves the amount of water used and also directs the flow to the root. Order one for free in our water-saving kits:

Northumbrian Water water-saving kit

Essex and Suffolk water-saving kit


Water is a precious resource. Water’s worth saving. Only 1% of the earth’s water is suitable for everyday use. Help us to save water and help the environment. #everydropcounts


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