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 Tanks
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 up 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.
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.
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
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. 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.
How To Prepare a Base for a Water Tank
How To Plan a Garden Irrigation System
How To Use Grey Water
How To Choose Garden Mulch