It is becoming essential to be aware that our planet is facing such a water crisis in today’s time. Only after we’re aware of the problems we face can we go ahead and figure out the steps to solve them. We need water not just for residential activities but also for producing crops which in turn provide us the energy we need to survive. Some officials say that these residential activities indeed consume more water than growing crops. But logically, we need to conserve water in order to grow crops and plants effectively as well. Here are 10 tips for good water management:
Fertilizer and pH values should be monitored
Slow release and coated fertilizers should not be used a lot and levels should be minimal. The substrate should remain sweet and not salty.
The water should get a good substrate
Materials that readily absorb and deliver in turn maximize the use of applied water. It shouldn’t shrink when it is dry.
What is the quality of this water?
Just like a parent vigilantly observes what they’re a child is putting inside their mouth, people should take utmost care of what they’re pumping their plants with. Very low alkalinity and toxicity, as well as low soluble salts, are qualities to look for in the water being used.
Have no doubts about the sources of water
Once you clearly know everything about the main source of your water source, you should also note down all the vulnerabilities of it. Once you know all the plus and minus is when you can go ahead and use the source efficiently.
Container capacity should be optimally used
Once you get hold of the water, it is important to monitor how it is being used. The substrate should be pre-moistened before filling and then be compacted slightly.
Use a surfactant
Many hydrophilic substrates do not use water efficiently because of the high surface tension. Surfactants interfere with the surface tension and make the water wetter.
Put water where it is needed
The landscape should be watered and hardscape should not. Sprinkler systems are inefficient in doing so. It is better to rather use drip irrigation or mist emitters.
Crop grouping helps
One can apply the minimum water required by zoning the crop planting by light, temperature, and water needed. The zones which have shade keep the crops cooler and then save it, in turn.
Don’t pump plants full of water
Before growth-enhancing chemicals were used, people used to keep their plants thirsty. This is turn would make for a solid firm growth. It’s time this practice made a comeback.
Attempt to minimize Evapotranspiration
Water is lost by plants via transpiration and evaporation due to weather conditions. Providing shade to plants cuts down on the evapotranspiration as the water doesn’t blow in the wind simply.
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