Waterwise gardening

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It is best to water your garden early in the morning or early in the evening as less water is lost to evaporation, the sun is low, winds are calmer and temperatures are lower.

Water-efficient gardens require less maintenance.

To help you get the best outcomes for your garden we’ve developed some guides on establishing and maintaining water efficient gardens (PDF, 1.4MB) and active playing surfaces (PDF, 687KB).

You can also read the full efficient irrigation guidelines (PDF, 6MB) for more detail.

Planning your garden

When planning your landscape and irrigation system, you should consider the following elements:

  • soil type
  • slope
  • root depth
  • plant material
  • microclimates
  • weather conditions
  • water source (quantity, quality and pressure).

One of the main keys to saving water is to know and improve your soil. You can improve your garden’s soil and water efficiency by mulching, and by adding organic matter or wetting agents.

When planting or laying grass for the first time, make sure you choose one that is suitable for the Queensland climate and that is water-efficient. Choose your plants based on the climate and soils of the area. Planting hardy shrubs and drought-tolerant plants will help save water.

For more guidance on planning your garden, refer to the efficient irrigation guidelines (PDF, 6MB).

Include shaded areas and windbreaks

Identify areas where shady trees, shade sails, pergolas or other structures could be incorporated into your plan.

Strong winds can increase evaporation so consider providing windbreaks to protect your plants.

Divide by zones

Different plants need different amounts of water. It is recommended that you design your landscape so plants are grouped together based on their water, soil and sun requirements. Preferably, each zone will have plants with similar water requirements.

Waterwise gardening

In this guide:

  1. Plant selection
  2. Improve your soil
  3. Mulching
  4. Watering
  5. Lawn care

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