Action ideas Edit
Water efficiency for UK gardeners Edit
- Use water butts and watering cans
- Avoid cutting lawns too short
- Check outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks
- Water the roots and soil around plants rather than spraying leaves and flowers
- Use mulch on garden, for example from a compost heap
- Choose drought resistant bedding and perennial plants like marigolds, petunias or geraniums.
- Think about trees that will thrive in Britain’s future climate. Silver maple and black cherry trees thrive in warmth. Sycamore, yew and magnolia are resistant to storm damage.
- 'Gardening in the Global Greenhouse', available via the UK Climate Impacts Programme website
- Nature in the Garden. Top tips for nature-friendly gardening, from English Nature. Free PDF downloads also available via English Nature's website - now (October 2006) part of Natural England
Growing and gardening - personal options - your questions Edit
Please fee free to list below any questions you suggest need answering
- The quintessential English garden and lawn is under threat from climate change, Defra, 12 September 2006