How to be water efficient in the garden - save water

I know I'm stating the obvious when I say this and we all know it. WATER IS PRECIOUS, however for many of us so is our garden.

So what can you do to save water and still maintain a healthy, beautiful garden?

This was a question I put to our Facebook audience and the response was fantastic. It's great to know that everyone cares and they all have their ways of being water efficient in the garden!

The two most popular responses were to mulch the garden and to recycle water.

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. I'd say that's definitely a winning tip for a healthy water efficient garden.

Recycling water ensures you never waste a drop. Many of our audience spread their waste bath, shower, sink and washing machine water over the garden, instead of letting it go down the drain. Washing your car, dog, horse or just about anything on the lawn is another great way to kill two birds with one stone.

But it doesn't stop there...

Choose the right plants.  Local native varieties and other non-thirsty plants need less maintenance and watering.

Water at the right time.  Watering early morning or evening reduces water loss through evaporation, don't use the sprinkler on a windy day either and use a timer so you don't have to remember to turn the tap off.

Save the rain for a dry day. Many of our audience use rainwater tanks to make the most of what Mother Nature provides. Don't forget to pause irrigation systems on rainy days too.

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.


How to be water efficient in the garden - save waterEnsure 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.



Please do share your water saving tips in the comments below.

Happy Hosing!



N.B. This article has been written for Australian gardens. If you're reading this from around the world, we do hope you've found it a useful stepping stone for your own further research.