Here are three easy ways to reduce water bills and help give you your evenings back.
Shade is under utilized in many gardens, but it can be a great way to reduce evaporation and the moisture stress in your garden. Trees can be planted to throw shade over susceptible areas. Some varieties grow very quickly and you will see results soon. Others can be bought at an advanced stage and popped straight in to have an instant effect.
Fences can be valuable too. Consider building opaque fences on the western side of your yard, especially if you have sandy soils
Finally your house can be a valuable source of shade, Consider a dense, moisture seeking bed on the eastern side of your house.
2. Watering times
Water in the morning. Plants want it then. The soil is cooler then. The evaporation rate is lower then. Makes sense, doesn't it?
Point a hairdryer at your skin. It gets hot, doesn't it? Now wrap you skin in damp (not wet) newspaper. You can hold the hairdryer there for a lot longer before it gets dried out and hot, If your skin might be seen as your soil, and your damp newspaper as your mulch you can see the incredible advantages you get. Not to mention the brilliant environment you get for soil microbes. It is easy to do and the kids and pets love it. If you use a really light mulch (like straw or sugar cane), you can give it a quick spray with the hose to help stop it blowing away.
So there you have it. Top tips for reducing water use. Have fun, learn and enjoy!