Garden Water Conservation

Garden Water Conservation

Garden Water Conservation – Proper Irrigation and Alternative Water Sources

Garden Water Conservation – Proper Irrigation and Alternative Water Sources

Garden Water Conservation – Reducing Lawn Maintenance

Garden Water Conservation – Reducing Lawn Maintenance

Garden Water Conservation – Adding Mulch and Soil Polymers

Garden Water Conservation – Adding Mulch and Soil Polymers

Summer Gardening - Trimming and Pruning Hedges

Summer Gardening - Trimming and Pruning Hedges

Summer Gardening - Mulching Basics

Summer Gardening - Mulching Basics

Summer Gardening - Watering Your Garden

Summer Gardening - Watering Your Garden

Summer Gardening - Container Gardening Basics

Summer Gardening - Container Gardening Basics

Summer Gardening - Refreshing the Mid-Summer Garden

Summer Gardening - Refreshing the Mid-Summer Garden

Summer Gardening - Rose Care Tips

Summer Gardening - Rose Care Tips

Conserving Water On Gardens And Lawns

Conserving Water On Gardens And Lawns

How to Water and Fertilize Your Lawn

How to Water and Fertilize Your Lawn

Tips to Keep Small Critters Out of the Garden

Tips to Keep Small Critters Out of the Garden

How To Build A Raised Flower Bed

How To Build A Raised Flower Bed

Gardening - Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Gardening - Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Gardening - Fertilizing Basics

Gardening - Fertilizing Basics

Growing Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Building a Greenhouse - Installing the Polyethylene Sheeting

Building a Greenhouse - Installing the Polyethylene Sheeting

Building a Greenhouse - Constructing the Base Frame

Building a Greenhouse - Constructing the Base Frame

Building a Greenhouse - Constructing Walls and Door Frame

Building a Greenhouse - Constructing Walls and Door Frame

Building a Greenhouse - Constructing the PVC Frame

Building a Greenhouse - Constructing the PVC Frame

Building a Greenhouse – Determining Location and Constructing the Foundation

Building a Greenhouse – Determining Location and Constructing the Foundation

Building a Greenhouse - Shopping for Materials

Building a Greenhouse - Shopping for Materials

How to Build a Greenhouse

How to Build a Greenhouse

Garden Water Conservation – Adding Mulch and Soil Polymers

Garden Water Conservation – Adding Mulch and Soil Polymers

Garden Water Conservation – Reducing Lawn Maintenance

Garden Water Conservation – Reducing Lawn Maintenance

Garden Water Conservation – Proper Irrigation and Alternative Water Sources

Garden Water Conservation – Proper Irrigation and Alternative Water Sources

Garden Water Conservation

Garden Water Conservation

Spring  Garden Planting

Spring Garden Planting

Inspecting Garden Soil Conditions

Inspecting Garden Soil Conditions

Clearing Garden Debris

Clearing Garden Debris

Cleaning Garden Tools

Cleaning Garden Tools

Garden Planning

Garden Planning

Benefits of a Raised Garden Bed

Benefits of a Raised Garden Bed

  	Adding Garden Soil Compost to a Raised Garden Bed

Adding Garden Soil Compost to a Raised Garden Bed

Building a Raised Garden Bed

Building a Raised Garden Bed

Preparing the Area for a Raised Garden Bed

Preparing the Area for a Raised Garden Bed

Identifying the Area for a Raised Garden Bed

Identifying the Area for a Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

How to Apply a Lawn Fertilizer

How to Apply a Lawn Fertilizer

Fertilizing and Preventing Crabgrass

Fertilizing and Preventing Crabgrass

Preparing Garden Tools For Spring

Preparing Garden Tools For Spring

Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Spring Lawn Maintenance Tips

Palafox Market Makes a Difference with Local Farmers

Palafox Market Makes a Difference with Local Farmers

How To Build A Cold Frame

How To Build A Cold Frame

How To Prune A Crepe Myrtle

How To Prune A Crepe Myrtle

Volunteer In A Garden To Make A Difference

Volunteer In A Garden To Make A Difference

Make Garden Sustainability A Goal

Make Garden Sustainability A Goal

How To Plant A Tree

How To Plant A Tree

How To Pot Container Herbs

How To Pot Container Herbs

Attract Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

Attract Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

How To Find Online Gardening Resources

How To Find Online Gardening Resources

Understanding USDA Updates To Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Understanding USDA Updates To Plant Hardiness Zone Map

How To Repurpose Items For Garden Decor

How To Repurpose Items For Garden Decor

How To Start Tomato Seeds

How To Start Tomato Seeds

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Garden Water Conservation – Adding Mulch and Soil Polymers

Paul Simon, Landscape Horticulturist with the National Gardening Association shows you how to add mulch and soil polymers.

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Paul Simon: Hi! I'm Paul Simon, Landscape Horticulturist with the National Gardening Association. Today, we're talking about how to conserve water in your garden. Now, we'll discuss other techniques you can do to retain moisture and conserve water in your garden.

First, mulch and soil polymers can help retain and save moisture in your garden. Mulch helps in many ways to conserve water in your garden. First, it helps even out soil temperatures from the sun. Secondly, mulch serves as a blanket of protection to the soil. This blanket greatly reduces water loss by evaporation. Third, it suppresses against weed growth. Mulch reduces the amount of weeds that compete with your plants for moisture.

Mulch helps control against water runoff, therefore helping to improve water infiltration. This helps keep the water where you intended to go to your landscape plantings.

What are soil polymers? Soil polymers are small, jelly-like spongy substances, also called water crystals, that are mixed into the soil. They take out moisture. Then, slowly release it back into the soil. Soil polymers effectively help your plant bed retain moisture for longer periods of time.

One of the best ways you can conserver water in your garden is to plant drought tolerant species. Of course, it is very depending where you are in a country, but you can check with your local Cooperative Extension Service, Master Gardeners Program, local nurseries, or garden centers for a list of suggested plant varieties. You can conserve your water use by selecting varieties that will thrive with a minimum of irrigation.

Group plants with similar water needs in areas that retain either more or less rainwater. So each plant receives the right amount of water to be healthy and vigorous. For example, when planting varieties that need more moisture, place them in one area of your yard, so you can focus your watering where it's needed most. You will also reduce the amount of time necessary to water your garden.

Let's talk about a rain garden, and capturing stormwater runoff. Areas such as roadways, parking areas, roof tops, and walkways have solid surfaces which let water flow across and collect debris, contaminants, and pollutants.

In order to protect our sensitive areas from these pollutants, a rain garden provides us a place where we can discharge our storm water, and let this water soak into the ground, and infiltrate these pollutants.

How big is a rain garden? Well, it's not very big at all. It's about 12 to 18 inches deep, but no more than two feet. It'll contain a variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants that are capable of withstanding periodic saturated soil conditions.

Let's talk about pervious pavers in lieu of solid surfaces. What are pervious pavers or permeable pavers, and how can they help us conserve water? Pervious pavers provide a solid surface while allowing water to infiltrate and soak into the soil.

How does this happen? Well, pervious pavers are uniquely designed to create voids or pockets between the pavers, which allows storm water runoff to infiltrate into our soil. Our landscapes also benefit from this rainwater collection, by allowing this infiltration process to happen.

I hope I've helped you learn some simple techniques that can help you save, capture, and conserve water in your garden, as well as protect our natural resources. Good luck!