Tips to save irrigation water

Water is as important for plants as it is for other living things. In a world where the average global temperature is increasing and rainfall is becoming scarce in many parts of the globe, it is very important to save as much as possible so that we can have this precious liquid for much longer.

Growing plant beings is something wonderful, but depending on the species and the number of copies that we have, the expense can be quite large. Therefore, we are going to offer you a series of tips to save irrigation water .


  • 1 Acquire native plants
  • 2 Group the plants according to their water demand
  • 3 Install a drip irrigation system
  • 4 Place saucers under your pots
  • 5 Use the water from the air conditioning to water the carnivores
  • 6 Create a microclimate in your garden

Acquire native plants

adult carob tree

Carob tree ( Ceratonia siliqua ), a tree native to the Mediterranean that is highly resistant to drought.

In many articles that you will find on the blog, we highly recommend that you acquire native plants or those that live in climates similar to the one we have in our area for one reason: they are the most resistant and the ones that need the least water . During the first year they need minimal care, but from the second they will be able to live only with rainwater.

Group plants according to their water demand

Plants growing in a vegetable garden

Whether in the garden or on a patio, it is highly recommended to group plants according to their water needs in order to save water . For example, all garden plants, as well as those that are grown for their flowers, need very frequent watering, while the native flora hardly needs water.

Install a drip irrigation system

drip irrigation

This irrigation system allows you to control the amount of water that you are going to use to irrigate , preventing much of it from being lost to evaporation as it leaves little by little. Its use is especially recommended in climates such as the Mediterranean, where during the summer the temperature rises above 30ºC very quickly.

Place saucers under your pots

indoor plants

Another way to save water -and by the way, keep the soil clean- is by placing a plate under each of the pots. But it is very, very important that we remember to remove the excess water 15 minutes after watering to prevent root rot. We will use this water to fill bottles or plastic containers for future irrigation.

Use the water from the air conditioner to water the carnivores

Dionaea muscipula adult

Carnivorous plants are very special plants: they cannot be watered with lime water as they would quickly spoil . One way to save water is by using the air conditioning.

Create a microclimate in your garden


If the wind blows a lot in your area or if your garden is very exposed, it is advisable to create a microclimate by planting windbreak hedges and/or trees that provide good shade . Thus, you will not have to spend so much water each year .

Tips to save irrigation water

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