9 Way Garden

Water is a precious resource, it’s the life source for all living things, so it’s important to consider ways in which we conserve it!

Here are our top 15 tips for saving water in your garden.


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Instructions

1. Choose hardy plants

Grow plants that have good drought tolerance. Native flaxes and grasses, astelias and coprosmas have low watering requirements, once established. Dry tolerant plants will often have leathery, small or hairy leaves and are better adapted to growing in drier conditions, e.g. Succulents - easy to maintain and they come in all different shapes, sizes and shades.

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. Apply a soil wetting agent

Yates® Waterwise Soil Wetter helps to break down the waxy, water repellent layer that can develop on soil and potting mix. This helps makes the most of any rain or irrigation by enabling water to penetrate down into the soil much more evenly and effectively.

4. 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.

5. 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. 

6. 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!

7. Get 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.

8. 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. You can also apply Yates® Waterwise DroughtShield, which is a specialised polymer film, over the leaves of sensitive plants to really help reduce moisture loss.

9. 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. You can even keep a bucket in your shower to collect the cool water until it runs hot, that would normally be lost down the drain! 

10. 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.

11. Don’t plant in rows

Clustering plants together leaves them less exposed to evaporation, and allows taller plants to provide shade to smaller plants. Grouping plants together by watering requirement can help you accurately prevent overwatering of those that don’t need much.

12. Raised beds retain water

Enclosed areas are more moisture rich than seeding into open ground. Even a simple retaining wall built at a depth of about 25cm can keep groundwater from leaving your garden.

13. Favourite herbs do really well in dry conditions

Rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, marjoram and Bay tree originated in a Mediterranean climate and are a great choice for low water use gardens, including in pots, troughs and hanging baskets.

14. Choose the right vegies to grow

Even in dry conditions, your garden can be deliciously productive - beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic, capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins and corn are ideal. For fruit, consider rhubarb and melons.

15. Drought hardy flowering plants include:

Wildflowers, hibiscus, echinacea, gaillardia, achillea (Yarrow), gazania, allium, freesia, California poppies, everlasting daisies, delosperma (Hardy Ice Plant), dianthus, helleborus and lavender.

 

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Related products

Yates Waterwise Concentrated Soil Wetter

Improves water penetration, and therefore reduces water usage. Promotes healthy growth and improves soil condition. Concentrate format ideal to use during any water restrictions or hose bans. Treats up to 200m2 of garden.

Yates Greywater Fertiliser

Yates Greywater Fertiliser can be used on non-edible plants and lawns - and was developed to add missing nutrients to bath, shower and laundry greywater.


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