April showers may be lacking but help spread the word of how to keep gardens flourishing
Like us, you’ve probably noticed that there’s not been much rain recently.
In fact this month has been one of the driest on record with the south east receiving just seven per cent of the average rainfall for the month. Just 3.5mm this month so far with the driest April on record reaching 4.8mm in 1912.
Although our water resources are in a good position going into the summer, with more of us continuing to work from home and not leaving our supply area for work or travel, we’re seeing higher demand for water from things like toilet flushing and washing dishes.
With gardens now springing back to life following winter, we’ve compiled some top tips to keep gardens growing despite the low rainfall which we would love for you to share amongst your communities and networks.
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1) Help to save water and money on your water bill this spring by planting drought proof plants in your garden. April has been one of the driest months on record for rainfall, with the south east receiving seven per cent of our average. @sewateruk has some top tips on which plants keep blooming in the drier weather:
Sunsets – A magenta-tinted flower often dubbed as ‘roses without the water bill’
California Gold/Glory – A sunny yellow flower with a reputation for dealing with dry soil
Geums – These orange treats are sure to bring colour to your flower bed and if cut back after flowering they can reward you with another flush later in the season.
Find out more: www.southeastwater.co.uk/garden
2) Get your butts out this spring to help save money on your water bill. April has been one of the driest months on record for rainfall, with the south east receiving seven per cent of our average. Top tips from @sewateruk including installing a water butt in your garden to harvest every drop of rain when it comes and use it to water your garden, one butt-full can fill your watering can 25 times, for free!
More info: www.southeastwater.co.uk/garden
3) We’re experiencing one of the driest Aprils on record and to help keep your gardens looking lush and lively @sewateruk is asking you ditch the sprinkler and don a watering can instead. Sprinklers waste 50 per cent of the water they spray, through evaporation, run off and landing where the water isn’t needed. Use targeted water systems like watering cans they will get the water to the roots where it’s needed with little waste.
Find out more here: www.southeastwater.co.uk/garden
1) Install a water butt this spring and save on your water bill. A water butt can fill a watering can 25 times for FREE when full, install one now for when the rain comes. Find out more tips at @sewateruk: https://www.southeastwater.co.uk/garden
2) In one of the driest Aprils on record @sewateruk is giving out top tips on how to save money on your water bill this spring. By planting drought proof plants in your flower beds you’ll save time and money watering them compared to thirstier plants. More info: www.southeastwater.co.uk/garden
3) Ditch the sprinklers and don a watering can. Sprinklers waste up to 50% of the water sprayed through evaporation, run off & landing where its not needed. Use a targeted water system like a watering can to make sure your plants get the water where they need it the most. @sewateruk has more tips at: www.southeastwater.co.uk/garden
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Driest April on record likely – but (INSERT LOCAL AREA) gardens can still flourish
April 2021 has been one of the driest on record with an average of 12.9mm of rain across the UK compared to the usual average of 71.9mm.
The south east has been particularly dry having seen seven per cent of the average rainfall for the month. Just 3.5mm this month so far with the driest April on record reaching 4.8mm in 1912.
Mike Kendon Senior Scientist from Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: “April has been an exceptionally dry month across the South East, as well as the UK as a whole. Even though we are expecting a few showers over the next few days April 2021 is likely to be one of the driest on record, rainfall data stretches back to 1862.”
It’s also National Gardeners’ Week and South East Water is providing some top tips to keep (INSERT LOCAL AREA) gardens thriving even during this dry April.
Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources, at South East Water said: “It looks like this is going to be one of the driest Aprils on record and this needs to be taken into account when caring for a garden.
“We know how much pride and care our customers have in their gardens, and with friends and family visiting more this summer we want them to look their absolute best. So we’ve complied some top tips to help keep things flourishing with very little water”.
Three easy tips for the responsible gardener
- Install a water butt - one water butt can hold enough to fill a watering can for FREE 25 times – get yours installed ready for when it rains
- Ditch the sprinkler - sprinklers waste 50 per cent of the water they spray, through evaporation, run off and landing where water isn’t needed. Use targeted water systems like watering cans they will get the water to the roots where it’s needed with little waste.
- Drought proof plants - Include a few drought proof plants in your garden such as Lavender or Palms. They're easy to look after and will save you time and money
For more tips and some water efficient freebies visit southeastwater.co.uk/garden
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