Here are some tips to help you carry through your good water-saving habits in the home to your garden.
- Check outdoor taps and pipes for leaks and get them repaired.
- Water the roots and soil around plants rather than the leaves and flowers.
- Consider installing a drip irrigation system.
- Try not to cut lawns too short. Leave grass at least 3 cms or higher when mowing.
- Give your lawn a deep soaking with a hand held hose to encourage deeper root systems.
- Use mulch and compost liberally to retain moisture and reduce evaporation.
- When mulching, add a layer of newspaper first.
- Water your garden in the cool of the evening or early morning to reduce evaporation.
- If you're replacing lawn, opt for slow-growing and drought resistant varieties. They also need less mowing.
- Group plants with similar watering needs together.
- Choose drought-tolerant natives over introduced exotics that need regular watering.