South Africa is a water scarce country, which is why, now more than ever, it is so vitally important to make use of the fine selection of drought resistant ground covers on sale at our wholesale nursery, stocked by our own plant growing farm on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
Global Warming in Africa
As a result of global warming, scientists predict that temperatures across Africa are expected to increase more than elsewhere in the world, a factor which increases the need for water conservation and the use of hardy, drought resistant ground covers in gardens and public outdoor spaces. Droughts, floods and the periodic El Nino cycle further exacerbate water shortages across the continent too.
More People, Less Water
In South Africa, the exponential growth in the country’s population equates to more and more people needing a steady supply of life-giving, potable water. However, there simply is not enough of this precious natural resource to go around, serving everyone at all times and for all purposes, unless each and every person strives to conserve and use water as wisely as possible in all aspects of their daily lives.
Water Conservation Tips
Conserving and saving water does not mean one has to go without it; there are numerous ways in which one can preserve and conserve water, even during the rainy season, when the resource is plentiful and drought is but a memory. The key lies in knowledge, awareness and acquiring new habits pertaining to water usage. Thereafter, conservation becomes second nature.
In the Garden
- Plant drought resistant ground covers, trees, shrubs and other species which similarly require little watering or for which rain water will suffice.
- Although most indigenous plants are drought resistant, there are more options, such as non-invasive alien species which are also minimally affected by drought and/or infrequent watering. Our nursery assistants will gladly assist customers in identifying these.
- Remove invasive alien plants from your property.
- Install drought resistant ground covers in/on open or bare soil – along borders, between pavers and in flower beds, below trees where lawn and plant species which require sunlight cannot grow, and as a cost-effective, labour and maintenance saving alternative to traditional lawn.
- Although ground cover plants are the most attractive option, bark chips and pebbles are also useful in this function. Do keep in mind that pebbles absorb heat, which may dry soil out instead of keeping moisture in.
- Don’t irrigate in the heat of the day or when it is windy. Evaporation does not benefit vegetation and strong winds prevent water from landing and penetrating where intended.
- Water at the roots of plants, where it’s most effectively absorbed.
- Install a tank to catch and contain rain water and roof runoff. Use this to irrigate the garden – it is nature’s free bounty; all you need acquire initially is the storage tank, which will soon pay for itself in cost savings.
- Install a pool cover over your swimming pool. This prevents unnecessary evaporation and extends the swimming season, because the water will remain several degrees warmer for longer, than if left uncovered.
- Fix leaking garden taps and ensure that they’re closed properly.
Visit our nursery where you will be delighted with our selection of drought resistant ground covers and other water wise plants, all available to you at competitive wholesale prices.