Splashing Out During Drought!

Written by Danielle Dickinson

Splashing Out During Drought

Drought and water restrictions have raisedrepparttar level of concern regarding creating water features in home gardens. Many people are underrepparttar 147722 mistaken assumption that water features are a contradiction to water conscious gardening. While there is truth inrepparttar 147723 fact that large, cascading waterfalls and far spraying fountains are not particularly water efficient. The carefully planned water feature can save water!

Creating a water feature in your garden can be beneficial not only torepparttar 147724 overall look of your garden but torepparttar 147725 environment! A properly designed, installed & maintained water feature can not only save water but create a haven for wildlife already struggling to find water inrepparttar 147726 drought.

Water Gardening Myths Debunked!

Water features use to much water…

Consider how much water is required to keep plants, lawn or even pot plants alive. Apart fromrepparttar 147727 initial fill of your water feature, a properly designed and constructed water feature will require justrepparttar 147728 occasional top up. It is a common belief that water features are connected to water mains and are constantly using water. A water feature should always have a pump and a sump or reservoir that recyclesrepparttar 147729 water.

The biggerrepparttar 147730 featurerepparttar 147731 better…

There is no need to createrepparttar 147732 Trevi Fountain in your garden; with water a little goes a long way. Often a smaller feature such as a millstone, patio feature or container water feature strategically placed is more then enough to satisfyrepparttar 147733 desire forrepparttar 147734 look and sound of water in a garden.

Designing a water friendly water feature

The first step here is to check with local authorities before designing your feature. Local council often imposes regulations that must be heeded. Container gardens are unlikely to require approval or be regulated by councils.

Things to consider…

1.Placement – it is best to site your feature away from wind and sun (unless using aquatic plants) to reduce water evaporation. Also considerrepparttar 147735 location of underground utilities eg. Electricity, Phone line, Gas etc. 2.Size – when designing wildlife ponds a larger body of water is easier to maintain than a smaller one. Container features containing no wildlife or plants require only minimum amounts of water and can be kept clean with water treatments. 3.Containers: Container water features tend to have no wildlife or plants and therefore only require minimal amounts of water and can be kept clean with simple water treatments. 4.Water depth – exposed shallow water heats up and evaporates quickly. For wildlife ponds (aquatic and plant life) a minimum depth of 45cm is required. 5.Splash – Splash causes water waste of criminal proportions. Consider features less likely to cause splashing eg. Trickling waterfalls rather than Niagara Falls! 6.Shape – althoughrepparttar 147736 overall shape is a matter of taste, consideration should be given torepparttar 147737 vertical aspects of your feature. Sloping sides (eg. beach effect) produces shallow, warm water that evaporates quickly. If creating a wildlife pond rocks can be used as platforms to allow wildlife access torepparttar 147738 water. 7.Fountains / Water Jets – although fountain jets look great, a bubbler or spout can be just as effective and loses little or no water from your feature. 8.Creeks and streams – can be wasteful. Asrepparttar 147739 sun heats rocks and pebbles it warmsrepparttar 147740 water resulting in evaporation. If you must have a creek, consider locating it in a shaded part ofrepparttar 147741 garden and making it deep enough to reduce splash. 9.Council regulations: Don’t forget to check with local authorities before designing your water feature, as some councils have regulations that must be headed.

Saving Water

Gardening - Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping

Written by Jill Dow

Naturalized bulbs look beautiful in a wooded setting. You can plant them and leave them to multiply. Afterrepparttar bulbs bloomrepparttar 147379 foliage will die down, but you can interplant bulbs with ground covers for a carefree and beautiful garden.

For a natural look you should arrange your bulbs informally. If you toss them and plant them where they land, with small adjustments for spacing, it'll look much better than if you arrange them.

Bulbs also work well in a perrenial garden. When your bulbs finish blooming your perrenials are just ready to get started and they're now filling inrepparttar 147380 spaces and hidingrepparttar 147381 soon to be dormant foliage of your bulbs. This is a great way to extend color inrepparttar 147382 garden for a good 6 weeks.

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