Hosepipe ban UK: Five 'safe and beneficial' ways to keep your grass green without a hose


Mr Newcombe said: “It is advisable to leave the cloth on a patch of lawn overnight to ensure it collects as much water as possible. It is a tedious process, but will provide a source of water.”

Absorbing materials

This one might sound odd, but nappies can also be a good source of plant water.

Mr Newcombe said: “Nappies, believe it or not, contain a water absorbent gel or crystals that can be used to absorb water in planters, hanging baskets and pots then slowly release it back into the soil. It is comparable to gardening material called perlite.”

Simply rip open the nappy and add the contents into a mixing bowl. Keep adding water until it forms a thick gel, then mix it in equal parts potting soil.

Add this to your plant pots, and you should be good to go.

Use greywater

Greywater refers to the used water from sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines.

Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products, according to Greywater Action.

The experts said: “While greywater may look ‘dirty’, it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard.”

According to Greywater Action, the easiest way to use greywater is to pipe it directly outside. However, it’s important to use plant-friendly household products in the home without high levels of salt, boron, or chlorine bleach when you do this, as these could cause damage.



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