• Water your garden at dawn to avoid evaporation in the middle of the day and fungal diseases that can occur overnight if you water at dusk.
  • Try to water your garden less frequently, but for longer periods, to encourage deeper root growth.
  • Mulching reduces water evaporation from soil. It can also provide plants with important nutrients and control weed growth.
  • Use a trigger nozzle on your hose to avoid wasting water.
  • Install a rainwater tank. Capturing rainwater to use in your garden is an excellent way to reduce the amount of drinking water you use outdoors. Check with your local council to see if there are any construction restrictions or if you need building approval before installing a tank.
  • Depending on your council guidelines, greywater from your washing machine, laundry tub, shower, bath and bathroom sink may be used to water your lawn and plants. Be aware that untreated greywater has limited uses as chemicals and other harmful substances may be present.
  • Native plants often have low water and maintenance requirements. Use the Smart Approved WaterMark plant finder to choose water efficient plants and shrubs suitable for where you live.

Watering garden with hose