At Sunset CT Projects, we do more than just carport and Patio Installation. As Cape Town’s top outdoor permanent structure erection company, we very much care about the space outside your home. So in the spirit of #WorldWaterDay this month and our city’s water crisis; we’re sharing these 5 gardening tips for saving water.

Beyond the carports or patios, we’ve installed throughout the years, our clients boast beautiful green gardens and lawns. We know how much effort and water goes into keeping your garden healthy; so be a water-wise human and start incorporating these tips into your gardening regime. If you have already been doing this, then a BIG thumbs up to you!

Tip 1- Save Cooked Water to Use in your Garden

Think twice before you throw cooking water down the drain. In fact, water used for cooking your vegetables is great for your garden as it contains plenty of leached nutrients that can be used as fertiliser for your garden. Make sure to let your water cool down before using it.

Tip 2- Group Plants according to Watering Requirements

This basically means that plants which require more watering should be grouped together and those which require less watering should be grouped together. Doing this helps you to not waste and over water water-wise plants. You’ll be able to care for your greens that need more watering more easily since they’re all planted together.

Tip 3 – Use Plenty of Mulch between Plants

You can make up your own mulch by using a variety of options including dried leaves, bark, compost, nut shells and straw. Mulch assists in suppressing weed growth reduces erosion and enriches the soil. All of this means it also helps keep the soil cool and reduces evaporation; which essentially means your plants watering requirements is lessened.

Tip 4 – Time your Garden Watering

Our city’s water- restriction bylaws state that gardens and grass areas should only be watered with potable before 10:00 am and after 16:00 pm. During this time sunshine is at its peak, which means your soil is warm and any water will be evaporated quickly. So make sure to stick to these times when watering your greens.

Tip 5 – Compost. Compost. Compost.

You should compost your beds at least once every year. When you do, remember to use plenty as it helps your soil and plants retain water. Not to mention it also provides lots of nutrients to your plants and encourages earthworm activity, which apparently improves drainage and ventilation. So next time you see an earthworm don’t go “ew gross” because those little ones are actually helping your garden stay healthy.