Tending to a beautiful garden, especially during summer can be a hard task. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do around your garden to reduce wasting water.
To ensure you have a green oasis all year long, see our 5 tips to create the perfect waterwise garden in your home:
1. Clever planning and planting
If you want to create your own green retreat without having to spend hours on wasteful watering, first and foremost, you have to choose the right plants. Consider trees for cooling shade or plants, which can tolerate lots of sun and dry soils.
There are many beautiful plants and flowers that are well suited to hot climates. Look for waterwise plants that have evolved in dry climates and group them according to their water needs. Once established, maintenance demands are often low with very little required in the way of fertilising.
2. Use water saving crystals and mulch
With the high temperatures and lack of rain, the disturbed soil loses its moisture rapidly, making it hard for gardens to recover. Use water saving crystals and mulch to retain water in the soil and reduce evaporation.
Mulching is the best way to give your plants the edge in dry times, providing insulation for your plant roots and also helping you save water consumption.
3. Leave the lawn
Don’t panic if your lawn begins to turn brown during extended dry periods. Once the rain returns, your lawn will recover and regain its green colour.
To help you maintain your lawn and be waterwise on your irrigation, mow your lawn at a higher setting and deep water it once a week to encourage a better root system.
4. Prepare the soil well and add compost
Understanding your soil is the key to establishing and maintaining a water-efficient garden. Each type of soil has its own characteristics, which can be improved in different ways.
To give your plants a good start, dig some organic manure or peat and slow-release fertiliser into the soil when planting. Compost helps to aid the water retention ability of the soil, adding nutrients for the plants to grow stronger.
5. Water correctly and only when necessary
It is common for most people to overwater their garden. Save water by watering thoroughly but less often and when evaporation is lowest.
Let your plants indicate when they are in need of water, then apply enough water to replenish the soil profile. Watering early morning allows water to soak to the roots and be available all day, causing less stress to your plants and lawn.
To help you choose the right plants for your garden, check out this online tool by Water Corporation. For more garden tips, see our “Gardening and Landscaping for Perth homes – tips and ideas“.