Make an Urban Water-Saving Garden

Save a bit of money cutting back on water usage by building this urban water-saving garden perfect for a small home or backyard.

| July 2019

Growing in regions of the country that suffer drought often means there is a lot of brown in the scenery. Why not perk up a dry, hot area with bold color, both in plantings and in container and wall design? This living wall shelf is a fantastic way to bring color to a dull area.

Saving money by planting with seeds or reusing garden planting systems is a great way to grow frugally. Water, however, is one of the biggest gardening expenses around the world. By learning to save water, you are learning to save money. Living walls, if used properly, can save water and expense.

Humans are wasting water. In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than one trillion gallons of water are wasted annually nationwide. For the average household, this means that water leaks can account for an astounding waste of 10,000 gallons of water annually. Irrigation systems are often installed to water grass, which is a nonfood-producing, nonpollinator-supporting crop with heavy water requirements. Lawn watering consumes over 30 percent of the water used on the East Coast of the United States during the spring and summer seasons. Many of these irrigation systems leak, which means that a slow leak about the thickness of a 1/32 of an inch can waste over 6,300 gallons of water per month.

World Drought

Drought is currently a pervasive environmental concern for most of the world. Extreme weather and climactic events are a natural part of Earth’s system. Yet drought and heat waves are particularly challenging for the act of gardening, having significant impacts on our community and lives. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “confidence has increased that some weather events and extremes will become more frequent, more wide - spread or more intense during the 21st century.” In other words, look out for more of the same in future years.

In areas such as Southern California, South Africa, Spain, and other European regions, severe drought has been devastating to crops, having a severe socioeconomic effect on communities as well. In these regions, saving water is not a considerate thing to do; it’s an absolute necessity.

Watering Your Living Wall Garden

Living wall gardens can be quite water-saving efficient because gardens of this nature are typically hand watered or have automatic watering as a part of their growing systems. Sprinklers waste tons of water annually, so the advantage of living walls is that they lose less water through evaporation of the watering process. Using a watering wand when watering, instead of spraying directly with a hose, is a great step toward saving water. Utilizing an automated irrigation system is perhaps the best way to save water, but irrigation is not always available to a gardener.



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