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Water overnight to minimize loss to evaporation and allow soil to get a good soaking.
Watering before dawn allows foliage to dry during the day, making it less susceptible to fungus and disease.
Irrigate long enough to let moisture penetrate to root level, but not so long as to make the ground soggy.
Soaker hoses weep water over a long period of time, allowing thorough watering with little lost to evaporation.
Trickle, or drip, irrigation wastes less water than other types of irrigation, as you can water individual plants instead of the entire area.
Mulching plants will boost water retention in the soil (and keep weeds from sprouting).
Use a biodegradable mulch such as hay or pine straw and avoid materials that will clump and not allow the soil to breathe.
Consult a local nursery or garden center or research online to find out the plants that will do best in your area. Use native plants to reduce maintenance and provide a habitat for birds and wildlife.
To make your own rain barrel, you need a large receptacle such as a big plastic garbage can with a lid. You’ll need to make a hole so water can come in and you’ll need to install a spigot so you can get the water out and distributed where needed via a hose or watering can.
*Rain collection laws vary in different territories. Be sure to check your local and state laws before beginning any rain collection project.
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