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Watering tips for gardens

Here are Diggers top tips to help Aussie Gardeners reduce their water consumption.

Gardeners can reduce their dependency on water in many ways. Here are Diggers top tips to help Aussie Gardeners use water most efficiently:

1. Plant Mediterranean and drought-tolerant plants. These are the most suited to periods of dry soil and are often adapted to dry climates.

2. Group plants with high water requirements together, like seasonal vegies, to improve watering efficiencies.

3. Water plants longer but less frequently, wetting the area around the roots rather than the foliage. This should be done early in the morning.

4. If using tank water, get a sign and put it up so that everyone knows you're using your own water. If you don't have a tank, consider installing one to help water your garden next year.

5. Mulch and improve soil with compost and organic matter to increase the water holding capacity of your soil and to helps minimise water loss through evaporation and weeds.

6. Capture water from when the tap or shower is warming up to use on indoor plants, in your kettle or out in the garden.

7. Increase the mowing height of lawns to reduce water use. Lawns cut too short need much more water as they have had their ‘food-making’ capabilities severely reduced.

8. Group pots and provide some shade to try to minimise moisture loss. Pots notoriously need more water than soil-grown plants. If you have room and the right environment, consider planting them into the ground next autumn.

Let’s make sure every drop counts.

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