8 Water Saving Tips for your Garden
Get the most of your water by watering smarter and more efficiently. It's easy to save water and still obtain great results.
15 January 2014
- Be water efficient whenever possible. Wash your car on the lawn to water and fertilise the grass at the same time. Car shampoos use phosphates similar to many fertilisers.
- Don’t use water when another tool will do the job. Use a rake, broom or outdoor blower to clean paths and driveways rather than a hose.
- Ensure taps, fittings and hoses are not leaking. One leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 litres a month*. To check your home for leaks, turn off every tap and appliance that uses water, then read your water meter. Wait 4 hours and read again. If the meter has ticked over, something’s leaking. Use good quality hose fittings, such as Hoselink, that won’t leak or break and waste water.
- Only water your lawn when it needs it. If it springs back after stepping on it, it doesn’t require watering. When you do water, a good soaking every now and then is preferable to frequent, light watering. Thorough watering encourages deeper roots, giving you a stronger, more drought resistant lawn.
- Water at the right time. Watering your garden in the early morning or evening reduces water loss through evaporation. Don’t put the sprinkler on if it’s too windy.
- Choose the right plants. Local native varieties and other water wise plants attract wildlife and need less maintenance and watering.
- Mulching plants is key to retaining moisture. As well as reducing evaporation and water run-off, a good quality mulch will also provide nutrients to the plants and restrict weed growth.
- Rain is the ultimate water saver in the garden. You don’t need to water when rainfall does the job for you, so make the most of it and be sure to pause irrigation systems.
I would have never considered avoiding watering thI would have never considered avoiding watering the lawn when there's wind. It makes sense to try to keep as much water on the lawn as possible and if it's windy that will prevent the water from reaching the lawn. Using a timer would be a good way to have the sprinklers turn on at the best times.Kendall Everett, 23 July 2016
Thanks!I've been getting everything ready for my new garden. I didn't even think about how I should save water! I'll be sure to have someone inspect my setup to make sure that my sprinkler system isn't leaking or anything. Water is a lot more valuable than it gets credit for, after all! Thanks for sharing!Braden Bills, 29 April 2016
Don't waste waterI think that it is especially important to make sure you choose the right plants for your yard. Especially when planting grass. Making sure there are no leaks in your pipes or fittings will help make sure you don't waste water. However, if you don't have to water your yard or garden as often then you will save even more. To me it is just common sense.James Bergman, 23 January 2016