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Waterwise gardening

Water-efficient gardens require less maintenance and reduce water bills and running costs.

Planning your garden

  • draw a scaled plan of your property
  • consider natural characteristics such as drainage, wind, direction of sun, views, areas requiring screening and noise
  • plan what the different areas will be used for
  • decide what you want to keep in your garden and what needs to go
  • determine how much maintenance will be required.

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.

Establish water use zones

Group plants according to their water requirements so you only need to water smaller, defined sections of your garden.

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Last reviewed
2 March 2017
Last updated
18 December 2014
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