Once the warm weather sets in, there is plenty you can do to make sure your garden stays healthy and well watered over the dry months. And if you follow these few simple tips you can even use less water and your garden will thrive.
Target Your Watering
A dripper 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 gardens. 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
Mulch is one of the simplest ways to keep moisture in your soil. Mulch also prevents weeds and adds extra organic matter to your soil. Growing ground covers also stops water from being taken from the soil and their bright colours look great. Another great way to maximise your water use is by using soil wetters that help your plants retain the water and available moisture.