Garden tips for the dry season

Once the warm weather sets in, there is plenty you can do to make sure your garden stays healthy and is well watered. Check out these few simple tips that will help your garden thrive and cut your water usage at the same time.

Check your water tank

Collecting as much rainwater as possible in a storage tank is an easy way to save water. Once you have your tanks installed, it's worth connecting your tank to a pump and irrigation system so you can pipe water all over the garden. Or for smaller gardens, a simple watering can will get the job done.

Target your watering

A drip irrigation system is one of the most efficient ways to water your plants as it delivers water directly to their root system where your plants need it most. It's a good idea to install an in-line filter and flush out your dripper system at the start of the dry season so that you avoid blockages and stop ants from nesting in there.

Planning an irrigation system for your garden will make watering much easier, follow these simple tips to get started.

Use recycled water

Recycling grey water from your bathroom and laundry is simple to do. All you need is a connector and hose to divert the water from your bathroom and laundry to your garden. You can move the hose so the water goes exactly where you want it. Find out how you can use recycled water in your garden.

Choose drought tolerant plants

Choosing the right plants for your climate is a big part of growing a water efficient garden. Waterwise and drought tolerant plants use less water and need less maintenance. Native plants and grasses are also a great way to attract native animals. It's a good idea to group plants together that need the same amount of water so you can water them more efficiently.

Keep the moisture in with mulch

Mulch is one of the simplest ways to keep moisture in your soil. It prevents weeds from growing and adds extra organic matter, which will help your plants thrive. Find out more about the different types of mulch available.

Growing ground covers also stops water from being taken from the soil and their bright colours look great.

Another easy way to maximise your water use is by using soil wetters that help your plants retain water and any available moisture.

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Check out our garden tips, ideas and projects, where you’ll find information on everything from how to plant seedlings to how to design a formal garden.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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