Keep your water consumption, and in turn water bill, down this spring and into summer by making a few simple changes in your garden.
Taking a close look at your garden and nature strip can save you a lot of money.
The quickest way to get your water bill down is to remove lawn.
Lawn requires a lot of water in summer to stay green and lush
Think about how much lawn you need for pets and kids and then look to replace areas with paving or low water using plants.
For the lawn you do keep, water it deeply every few days rather than lightly each day and don’t mow it too short.
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If you have an irrigation system ensure it is properly maintained and set up to maximise water efficiency.
Use timers on all taps which will turn off automatically after the set time, no more forgetting the hose for hours.
Remember that there are permanent water restrictions in place and fixed sprinklers cannot be used between 10am and 5pm.
This measure has been implemented to increase water use efficiency, by greatly reducing evaporation losses.
If you don’t already mulch you should start, it will your new best friend.
Not only does it help to control weeds but it also prevents soil drying out and minimises watering required.
Compost, sawdust, straw, grass clippings, pebbles and wood chips are all excellent mulching solutions.