Implementing simple measures such as mulching and composting improves your garden’s water efficiency and can help your garden tolerate dry conditions.
Mulch can reduce evaporation from soil by up to 70%. Mulch is like a blanket on the soil. Not only do mulches conserve water and reduce the need for irrigation, they also moderate soil temperature, inhibit weed growth and, over time, improve the soil structure and health of plants.
Soil is a living thing. Compost increases the organic content of the soil which holds water and provides the material that bacteria and worms need to break down to keep your soil alive and full of nutrients. The perfect growing medium is soil that drains easily, so it doesn’t get waterlogged, but holds enough water to feed the plants. Compost will do both these things.
Compost can be made at home or check out local suppliers for recycled green waste mulches and compost.