Gardeners are urged to think about water use

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As Eastbourne gets ready to open the garden gates this National Allotment Week (10-16 August), South East Water is urging gardeners to keep tabs on how much water they are using.

The water company says there are many ways to keep plants nourished without the growing water bill.

While a sprinkler in an hour uses more water than a family of six does in a day, hose pipes can rack up 1,000 litres of water at an instant. From bulbs to basil, simple steps will ensure the garden can flourish while saving water and money.

South East Water also suggests re-using bathwater or watering plants in the evening or early morning to reduce evaporation.

A water butt can collect and hold up to 200 litres of free rain water ready to quench a thirsty shrub.

South East Water is also telling gardeners to allow their lawn to go brown.

They say it is a healthy reaction to the hot weather and the grass will soon return to its lush colour when it rains.

Choosing water efficient pants such as geraniums is also helpful

Lee Dance, head of water resources at South East Water, said, “There are many ways to enjoy a healthy green garden without using lots of water.

“Water use in gardens can soar by up to 70 per cent during the summer months but simple steps will not only save on your bill but the environment also.”

National Allotment Week runs from 10 to 16 August, hosted by the National Allotment Society.

To find out more about embracing a brown lawn and to get some top tips on water saving measures visit www.southeastwater.co.uk/brownlawns.

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