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In your garden
In your garden
- Water lawns and gardens during the coolest part of the day.
- Collect rainwater in large tubs or cans and use it to water plants.
- Avoid using pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in the garden for they seep into the garden and pollute ground water.
- Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
- Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while under watering others.
- Use a layer of organic material on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
- Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air.
- Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
- Consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings.
- For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.
- Set a timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge more than 300 litres a minute