Gardening

Purchase/Installation
  • Consider cutting a used plastic bottle into the shape of a gardening spade instead of buying one.
  • Consider reusing a used bottle to water your plants instead of buying a watering can.
  • Avoid using flowerpot plates where possible.
  • Avoid placing potted plants and other things over the scupper drains along common corridors to prevent blockage of water flow.
 
 
Operation
 
  • Loosen soil in potted plants to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water on the surface of the hardened soil.
  • If you are using flowerpot plates, remove water on alternate days and scrub the plates thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs.
  • Clear fallen leaves and stagnant water in your scupper drains once a week to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Consider reusing the water that is used to wash your vegetables/rice to water your plants. Do remember to cover the container properly if you are not using the water immediately.
  • Change water in flower vases every other day, clean and scrub the inner sides of vases, and wash roots of flowers and plants thoroughly as mosquito eggs can stick to them easily.
Fun Facts
 
  • Mosquito eggs can lie dormant in dry conditions for up to about 9 months, after which they can hatch if exposed to favourable conditions. Hence, it is important to scrub your water bearing receptacles thoroughly.
  • Water plants in the early morning or late evening to minimise evaporation loss.