You've worked hard to create a green and healthy garden. So how can you keep it looking its best while you're on holiday?
Generally, if you're only going away for a few days, your garden will cope without being watered. However, if you are going to be away for more than 3 or 4 days, you should probably consider making arrangements to keep your garden healthy, hydrated and looking its best in your absence.
There are a number of ways you can make sure your plants stay healthy while you're away.
In this article, we explore 7 ways to water your garden while you're on holiday.
If you have a large garden, consider setting up a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems are an efficient way to water your plants, and they can be left on for extended periods of time without harming your plants. Drip irrigation systems will take a bit of time to install so you need to think about this ahead of time.
Another option for watering your plants is to use a soaker hose. Soaker hoses are designed to slowly release water, and they can be left on for long periods of time without harming your plants.
If you have a garden hose or sprinkler system in place you can also install a timer, allowing you to set the system to turn on and off at specific times. Set the timer to water in the mornings before the sun gets too hot in order to avoid damaging your plants.
Adding mulch around your plants will help retain moisture. Mulch will also help prevent evaporation, and it helps keep the soil cool in hot weather.
If you have a lot of houseplants, group them together in the bath and add some water. If your bathroom is typically quite cool this will also help reduce how often they need to be watered while you're away.
Self-watering pots are an easy and convenient way to water your plants while you're away. These pots have a reservoir of water that slowly waters the plant as it needs it.
If you're going to be gone for more than a few days, consider asking a friend or neighbour to water your garden and houseplants for you. This is a good option if you have a large garden or if you're worried about leaving your plants unattended for too long.
These are just a few of the many ways you can water your garden while you're away. With a little planning, you can make sure your plants stay healthy and hydrated while you're gone.