10 October, 2019 15:02
Water wise spring gardens

With the prolonged dry conditions continuing, Urban Utilities is dishing up water wise tips on how to get your garden blooming again.

Spring has sprung and it’s typically a time when outdoor water use starts to increase in South East Queensland.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said with the combined dam levels just under 63 per cent, we’re all being asked to be more water wise, but your garden doesn’t need to suffer.

“One of the first things to watch out for is any water wastage in the garden, such as leaking taps or hoses,” she said.

“There are plenty of inexpensive gadgets that can help us use water wisely such as tap timers and trigger nozzles.”

Other tips for making the most of every drop include:

  • avoid watering during the heat of the day to reduce evaporation
  • mulch your garden to help retain moisture and
  • give your soil some TLC with compost so any rain we do get can sink in 

Ms Cull said another issue was knowing how often and how much to water your garden.

“Many plants are much tougher than we think, so we need to be careful we’re not over-watering,” she said.

“It’s better to give your garden a drink less frequently, but for longer, to help encourage deeper root growth.”

Green thumbs who are wanting to add some spring colour to their garden should consider water wise plant varieties, such as*:

  • Salvia or Gaura – for colourful flowers
  • Scaveola – a hardy ground cover
  • Carissa (also known as Desert Star) – a tough shrub
  • Bougainvillea – great for outdoor pots
  • Olive tree – a water wise feature tree

Ms Cull said the most important advice was to stay across the weather forecast and keep an eye on the sky.

“If rain is on the way, hold off on watering your garden and let mother nature do the work for you,” she said.

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.4 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $2.76 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,384 square kilometres and we employ around 1,100 people.