Even though we are in the middle of winter, before the weather starts to get warmer it is important to consider how to best create your yard into a self-managing, thriving garden. Included in this, is ensuring that your garden is a water smart garden. Meaning you will spend less time maintaining your garden, save on your water bills and save water and ideally have a garden that looks after itself.
By following the below top tips, you will have a beautiful (and water smart) garden to enjoy all year round.
- Invest in Australian natives. These types of plants have adapted to the Australian climate, meaning that need little watering and also encourage birds and insects into your garden.
- Purchase plants that suit your home’s climate. For example if you live in a dry area, purchase plants from around the world that have similar habitats – again they will need little watering.
- Use mulch to keep moisture in your soil.
- If you have large trees, plant your garden under here – keeping them out of the sun and in the shade, preventing them from drying out.
- By grouping similar plants together, you will end up using less water – as you will not be spreading the water all over the garden; where it is not needed.
- Use water crystals in your garden, they increase the amount of water dispersed to your plants.
- Invest in a rainwater tank for your garden, that way you are using fresh and free water on your garden; saving on your water bill!
- If you have an Aerated Wastewater Treatment system (AWTS) the recycled wastewater from your system can be used in your garden. You pay for your water once and use it twice!
- Using air temperature rainwater is best for your garden as it does not shock your plants.
- When washing your car, if possible, wash on the lawn, that way the run off goes straight into the earth.
- Plants don’t need to be watered every day. Minimise water usage by planning your watering times.
- Water your plants in the afternoon, that way it won’t evaporate and need to be done again
This article was first published on LivingGreener.gov.au and reposted on www.sydneywatertanks.com.au and www.bioseptic.com.au