However, if you live in certain counties, you may need to take extra precautions regarding watering as drought threatens.
In this article, we will discuss tips on how to keep your garden healthy and blooming even during drought conditions in specific counties. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
Departments affected by drought
Drought is a natural phenomenon that occurs when precipitation is lower than expected and cannot compensate for evaporation.
The regions most affected by drought are the South-East of France, the South-West, and the Mediterranean area. However, many departments are also affected, especially in Occitania and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Drought can have negative impacts on agriculture, forests, and wetlands. It can lead to a decrease in agricultural yields or even forest fires.
Drought also affects private gardens and public green spaces. Plants quickly become stressed and can die if they do not receive enough water.
Fortunately, there are ways to care for your garden without watering. Alternatives to watering can be implemented to save your garden and save water while maintaining a beautiful garden.
How to care for your garden without watering
With the drought in much of France, gardens are inundated with restrictions on water use. It is therefore important that you learn how to care for your garden without watering.
To do this, start by removing weeds and leaves. Use a weed killer to completely remove weeds, but remember to read the instructions and follow the safety guidelines.
Next, watch out for insects and pests that can harm plants. Use organic products to make sure they are not harmed by chemicals.
Another way to care for your garden without watering is to use tarps or covers to protect plants from the sun’s rays and conserve soil moisture.
You can also plant plants that have a lower water requirement, which means they can survive with a limited amount of available water.
Finally, you can regularly mulch the soil to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool.
Alternatives to watering to save your garden
Gardening is a very important and challenging activity. While watering is the primary way to provide water to plants, there are many alternatives that can be used to save your garden during drought. These alternatives include:
- Mulches, which are small pieces of organic or mineral material spread over the soil to improve drainage and retain moisture.
- Irrigation systems, which can be installed in different areas of the garden and are designed to automatically water the plants.
- Use of a hose, which can be used to water plants directly without having to water the entire lawn.
- Planting native plants, which are more adapted to local climatic conditions.
By adhering to these techniques, you can keep your garden healthy and reduce your water consumption.
However, it’s always best to seek professional advice before taking any drastic measures.
What happens if you water anyway?
The consequences of watering during a dry spell can be disastrous. It’s critical to understand that plants that have been exposed to dry conditions have developed long-term drought resistance.
By watering, you take away this ability and put the plants at risk later. In addition, the root system is not strong enough to withstand the water that can accumulate. This can cause root deterioration and premature plant death.
In addition, watering during the drought period can cause stress on water resources. Water reservoir levels can drop rapidly, which can cause supply problems for cities and communities. Finally, excessive water use during drought can also cause ecological and environmental problems.
It is important to consider drought precautions and be aware of the risks involved with improper irrigation. It is therefore advisable not to water gardens in departments that are affected by drought.
However, it is possible to promote the retention of water in the soil to prevent the garden from suffering the adverse effects of drought. By taking these steps, it is possible to maintain a green and healthy garden despite the lack of water.