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Water-conserving solutions as Brits face hosepipe ban
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With the high summer heat set to continue and a hosepipe ban on the horizon, due to affect more than seven million people across the UK and Northern Ireland, gardeners are seeking out ways to keep their outdoor spaces looking healthy and their plants from perishing in the heat. Jason Pike, National Sales Manager at Bord na Móna UK, has the following advice on what products growers can use, if they need to conserve water this summer.


Jason Pike, National Sales Manager at Bord na Móna UK, says: “Conserving water should always be a high priority, but we certainly think about it more when a hosepipe ban is being threatened. Though watering is essential for ensuring healthy plant growth, there are several products growers can use in the Bord na Móna Growise range that will help keep plants hydrated, however sparingly they water.


"For those potting up plants in tubs, baskets or growing bags, use Bord na Móna Growise Water Retaining Gel Crystals (250g) as they absorb up to 400 times their own weight in water. Mix the crystals thoroughly through the compost and then plant up; water well and then repeat a few hours later. The crystals are proven to reduce the need for watering during hot spells from every other day to just once a week.


"Compost is also really important in hot weather and adding even a thin layer to bare soil will act as a barrier against soil moisture evaporation and reduce the plants' need for water. Use compost with a wetting agent, as it will help ensure easy and even wetting-up when watering. Bord na Móna Growise Multipurpose Compost and Bord na Móna Growise Pro 5 All Purpose Compost are ideal for use with both indoor and outdoor plants and also for sowing seeds, rooting cuttings and filling pots, hanging baskets and tubs.


"Mulch will also provide a vital barrier against soil moisture evaporation, and will help keep the soil cool. Bord na Móna Growise Chunky Chip Bark is a premium grade, natural bark that lasts much longer than regular barks. It is also highly decorative and will provide an attractive finish to beds and borders. It is also suitable for play areas.


"Finally, naturally occurring substances in seaweed such as Mannitol and Betaines are known to enable plants to cope better physiologically with less water, so use a fertiliser that contains seaweed such as Bord na Móna Growise Pro 5 All Purpose Fertiliser.”

Retailers interested in working with the Bord na Móna Growise brand should contact:
Jason Pike, National Sales Manager
M: 07506 165 168



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