Even though water is readily available in Quebec, there are several ways to reduce our consumption and protect this valuable natural resource that is beneficial for the environment. This article provides practical tips to help save water while maintaining the health and beauty of your plants. Discover simple yet effective techniques to reduce our ecological footprint.

Use an efficient irrigation system

Invest in an irrigation system.

  • Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses deliver water directly to the plant roots, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
  • A programmable automatic sprinkler for the lawn also helps minimize evaporation losses.

Water at the right time of day

  • Avoid watering during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Water in the morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler. This allows plants to absorb water before sun exposure.

Plant ground covers in flower beds

These slow-growing plants form a dense carpet that retains moisture in the soil and improves soil structure. They reduce weed propagation and water runoff.

Collect and use rainwater

  • Install water collectors or rain barrels in your garden.
  • Use this natural water to irrigate your plants. Not only will it reduce your consumption of potable water, but it's also better for plants as rainwater is free from chemicals.

Mulch your plants

  • Apply a layer of organic mulch around your plants. Mulch helps retain moisture, reduces weed propagation, and improves soil structure.
  • Use materials such as straw, wood chips, or dead leaves.

Plant vegetation adapted to your hardiness zone

  • Opt for native or climate-adapted plants suitable for the Quebec climate. These plants are hardy to local conditions, require less water, demand less maintenance, and are more disease-resistant.
  • Seek advice from your local gardening center for recommendations on plants suitable for your region.

Monitor your plants' water needs

  • Observe changes in your plants and water them only when necessary.
  • Use a moisture meter or check soil moisture by inserting your finger about 2 inches deep.
  • If the soil is still moist, wait before watering again.

By implementing these simple tips, you can effectively reduce water consumption while watering your garden. By preserving this valuable resource, you contribute to environmental protection while maintaining the health and beauty of your plants. So, embrace these water-saving practices and make a difference starting today.