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4 easy steps to save water in the garden

One of the biggest offenders when it comes to wasting water is the garden. By making sure you are watering as efficiently as possible, you will reduce water waste and save money on your water bill.

Water early in the morning

Watering early in the morning allows water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without losing too much to evaporation. Reducing sprinkler times by 2 minutes per station will also save a significant amount of water.

Improve your soil

Good soil is the foundation of a healthy waterwise garden, and the healthier your soil is, the more drought resistant your plants will be. Apply a soil improver with a wetting agent and water in well until it foams. This means the wetting agent is activated and doing its job.

Mulch!

Mulch is like sunscreen for your soil. Applying mulch to your garden can greatly reduce water evaporation, improve the soil, reduce plant stress and weed growth, as well as improve the appearance of your garden. Mulches also keep weeds from cropping up around your plants as it blocks out the sun and helps keep your soil and plants cool.

Create watering zones

Creating zones based on your plants’ watering needs lets you to set up your garden with irrigation stations which will deliver the required amount of water for each group of plants. This is known as hydrozoning.

Remember to only water once on your rostered watering days, even if you're using a bore.

Source: Water Corporation