As temperatures are expected to heat up, George Swordy, Deputy Head Gardener at The Alnwick Garden, says that there are many ways you can keep your garden looking fresh without wasting precious water resources.
During the recent spell of hot weather in June, Northumbrian Water saw a huge increase in water demand – which was largely down to customers reaching for hosepipes and sprinklers to tend to their gardens.
But George, who looks after some of nature’s most beautiful and dangerous plants all year round, says that it is unnecessary to waste water when trying to get the best out of your outdoor space.
The expert gardener said: “You should water your plants, fruit and veg first thing in morning before sun gets too high in the sky. Not only does this minimise the risk of burning any leaves, but it also means you are wasting less water too.
“You should also never leave your sprinklers on overnight. It is counter-productive, because when it's wet and dark, it will encourage snails and slugs to come out and they will eat your plants.”
Northumbrian Water has recently launched an appeal for local residents to be more mindful of their water usage in a bid to protect the environment.
Research has shown that by using a hosepipe for one hour, you can waste up to 100L of water – the equivalent of 66 standard-size kettles full.
Martin Lunn, Head of Water Service Planning at Northumbrian Water, added: “Everyone wants their garden to look great, especially as we are still spending a lot of time at home.
“But George has shown that we do not need to waste our valuable water resources to keep our outdoor spaces looking good.
“During the last heatwave in June, we saw a big rise in demand overnight as people left their sprinklers running – however we know that grass can survive for four to six weeks without being watered.
“Although our water resources are healthy for this time of year, we want to encourage our customers to use water wisely, so that we protect our environment for future generations.”
George’s top tips:
For more water-saving advice, go to www.nwl.co.uk/summer
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