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1. Choose hardy plants
Grow plants that have good drought tolerance. Native flaxes and grasses, astelias and copromas have low watering requirements, once established.
2. Mulch, mulch, mulch
Mulch around the base of plants to keep moisture in the soil. Consider using organic mulches, like lucerne or pea straw, which break down and help improve the soil.
3. Chicken poo is your friend
Fertilise with organic plant food such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. This will help improve soil structure and its ability to retain water.
4. Install irrigation and tap timers
Help automate watering in your garden and ensure your plants receive the right amount of water at the right time every day. Look for tap timers with programmable watering cycles - this can help reduce water run-off and can often be suspended when rain is forecast.
5. Check for leaks
Make sure all your tap fittings and hoses aren’t leaking. One way to check this is to turn off every tap in your home, check the water meter, wait a few hours, and then check again. If there is a different reading you will need to investigate!
6. Have more control over your hand watering
Invest in handy watering tools, like a hose fitting with a trigger gun, which allows you to better control the flow of water. You can find ones with different spray patterns to suit your watering needs.
7. Don’t lose water to evaporation
It’s best to give your plants a deep drink early in the morning before the harsh afternoon sun comes around. This gives the roots time to soak up the water before you lose it to evaporation.
8. Recycle, recycle, recycle
From a glass of ‘old’ water to the water you use to cook your pasta in – it all counts! Before pouring it down the sink, think about whether your plants might be thirsty.
9. Water lawns efficiently and effectively
When watering large areas such as lawns, use a sprinkler to help get the best coverage and to give your lawn a good deep soak. Look for one which allows you to adjust the head for flexible watering to suit different lawn shapes and sizes.