Fitting a water butt

It’s easy to fit a water butt – watch our film to find out how.


Lawns may go brown in dry weather but quickly recover when it rains and don't need to be watered in between. Cut grass slightly longer in dry periods and less often, leaving the cuttings on to retain moisture.

Use a layer of mulch

Apply a thick layer of mulch, compost or chip bark on your soil between plants to help keep the moisture in and suppress weeds.

Ground cover plants make the best mulches because they shade the ground and are cost effective. 

Grey water

Cooled bath, shower or laundry water can be used on plants if it is not too greasy but avoid re-using water with strong detergents or household cleaning agents. Only use the water on plant roots, and not leaves. 

Hosepipes and sprinklers

Fit a trigger gun to your hosepipe or, best of all, use a watering can.

Hanging baskets

Use a water-retaining gel for pots and hanging baskets.

The best way to water 

Water plants in the early morning or evening when it is cooler and less water is lost to evaporation.

Give plants a good soaking once or twice a week in dry weather rather than light daily watering. 

Use a watering can and aim directly at the roots, rather than scattering water on leaves.

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