Six ways to save water in your garden

Saving water in the garden is just as important as in the home. Mulching, collecting rainwater and planting drought-resistant plants can help shrink your sprinkling

Live Better: save water in garden
 Spraying around plants but leaving surrounding soil dry saves water and limits weed growth. Photograph: Alamy

It’s important to save water in the garden for two reasons. First, to save money if you’re on a water meter – 40% of us, and rising, are. Second, because at peak demand up to 70% of our water supply can be used in gardens, which forces suppliers to use groundwater and take it from streams. This can cause environmental damage and increase water prices. Here are six ways to minimise your use of water in the garden.

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