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3 Simple Strategies for Dealing with Drought in the Garden

3 Simple Strategies for Dealing with Drought in the Garden


– Hello and a very warm
welcome back to Huw’s Nursery. Now, in the UK we’ve been experiencing some hot and dry weather which has inspired me to create this video to do with dealing with water shortages and dealing with drought and trying to lessen the
impact of both of these. So, I’m gonna be talking
about three key strategies and the first strategy
is the watering strategy. So, when it rains sometimes
up to 60% of the water can be lost due to evaporation and that’s a huge amount. So, what you need to do is
to not water during the day. If you experiencing periods of really warm weather, then what I’d recommend you do is to either water at dusk or at dawn, so really early in the morning or quite late in the evening, so this will just reduce evaporation. This is particularly key for if you live in a place of water stress
and water shortages, so what you need to do is just ensure that you only water in the
morning and in the evening so you can save as much as possible. The second strategy is
the protection strategy and this is by protecting your soil from losing water, kind
of similar to watering but I think these two strategies goes hand in hand. What you need to do, and I speak a lot about this on this channel is mulch, and the thing about mulch is
that there are so many benefits and positives to it and what you wanna do if you
are experiencing droughts or periods of prolonged dry weather you want to make sure that you protect the surface of your soil. So, if you use organic natural materials such as grass clippings or hay or straw then what you want to do is create a two to three-inch layer, so about five to seven centimetres thick and this will be a really good insulation. You can even use things
such as old carpet, you can use newspaper or cardboard. There are many, many different things that you can use but all you want to do is
just simply think about it where you’re protecting the soil where it’s not being
exposed anymore to the air and what this does is it retains moisture, so it basically acts as insulation but by retaining moisture within the soil. And by doing that it means that you don’t have to water as often and plants will be able to cope for longer periods of time during drought. The third strategy is
a prevention strategy and this is if you’re
noticing that droughts are becoming more and more regular or periods of long, dry weather, maybe your rainfall is beginning
to reduce over the years and this is something where
you really just all you need to do is really simple and I’ve given a couple of links down in the video description, is to look at plants which are best suited for your environment because there’s no point growing something which is really, really water thirsty when you’ve barely got
any water to give it. So, a really good thing to do is to grow plants that are
native to your local area and this is something quite interesting in California where
it’s called xeriscaping where people are encouraged
to rip up their lawns and plant local and
native plants to that area and these are a lot more suited to the conditions which means there’s less irrigation so there’s more water in the waterboard. And there’s two other things I quickly I want to go over. The first one is shade. Shade is really, really important and especially if you
live in a hotter climate. I reckon every single garden should have shade and what we have is we have this corner here, we’ve got some trees
which are casting shade and what this does is cool down the air which means there’s less evaporation then and it basically acts as a natural cooler where cool air will
circulate around your garden and that will reduce evaporation rates. Now another thing that’s
quite interesting is weeds and if you live an area which does have a lot of hot weather, then you wanna make sure that
there least weeds as possible. However, try not to weed during a drought because what this does is that will expose a lot of the soil and then that will then mean that even more moisture can escape. So, if you really have
to weed during a drought then I recommend that you do it and immediately put a layer
of mulch over the top. So, thank you very much
for watching this video and I really hope that these simple tips have given you some ideas for what you can do to reduce the impact of drought in your garden and I look forward to seeing again soon.

Comments (25)

  1. something is f-ed up when I have to worry about downfall in London… with has been the case this summer.

  2. Xeriscape California
    http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Organics/Xeriscaping/
    http://xeriscape.sustainablesources.com/
    http://www.wikihow.com/Xeriscape

  3. Hot and dry is how I live..good presentation, Huw!

  4. love your videos, keep it up

  5. Really great information. Such a shame English weather returned the past few days haha.
    Will be implementing these though, thanks!

  6. good vids! wish i wasnt stuck in an apartment in the middle of a city and could actually garden other than windowsill πŸ™

  7. Mulch is the way. πŸ˜‰ your garden is looking good sir.

  8. Great your videos πŸ™‚

  9. Smiling face! ! !!!!!! Well done!

  10. Mulch is very important in the garden.

  11. "A very warm welcome"… Quite so Huw – my hens didn't know what to do with themselves a couple of weeks ago when temps hit the low 90's (F) even here in the Derbyshire Peak District. Great advice, as usual. Well done, and thank you for your sage advice.

  12. πŸ₯’❀️

  13. NorCal here and you're right our water district will actually pay you to get rid of your lawn and plant a vegetable garden or to plant drought tolerant plants

  14. We had a severe drought last year but it has rained every day this year for the past six weeks.

  15. Great video! Thanks for sharing your tips. I also like to use the leaves that I've put in the compost bin from last year to mulch my plants. By the end of the summer they have composted back into the soil.

  16. I'm a landscaper in Southern California. We don't get any regular rainfall during the summer. I've helped install probably hundreds of low water landscapes.

  17. nice lookin plot, thx as always

  18. Thank you for the great tips one question plants in shade of the tree are they shade loving plants Thank you

  19. Huw, very good tips. I've heard that sometimes with some crops it is better not to water as it can cause shallow rooting rather than the plant searching for it lower down in the soil. What do you recommend as a mulch? Take care. Nick

  20. Great video, excellent advice. This is important for the future, thank you for sharing this information.. Your garden looks cool. Cheers

  21. Hi Huw! Thanks for the tips. I like your idea about watering in early morning a lot more than watering in the evening, particularly if the watering method causes plant leaves to get wet. Wet leaves overnight are more likely to host bacterial or fungal infections. Watering in the morning allows the leaves to dry out sooner, keeping plants healthier.

    Rather than featuring a sprinkler system for irrigation, I think that some form of drip irrigation is definitely the way to go. And in urban areas or on small plots, using sub-irrigated planters can be a HUGE help in conserving water. Such systems can even be tied in with rain harvesting systems to partially automate the watering. SIP systems are really nice because you can water them at any time of the day and it doesn't result in any water loss. It all goes straight to the bottom reservoir! πŸ˜€

  22. useful video…love it..

  23. Thank you for these strategies. Greetings from Virginia, USA.

  24. No Fair πŸ˜€ you are living my dream!!! I love gardening πŸ˜€ The world needs more personal gardens, even if they are small scale!! Especially with this bee epidemic! I understand if cockroaches or mosquitoes had an epidemic, but why busy bees?!? Why??! Anyways, I am glad and blessed that I live where humidity is high all year round! πŸ˜€

  25. thanks for the tips☺ the weather here in Texas is higher than before reaching 100f 😣 gotta keeps the baes wet and moistπŸ˜‰

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