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6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Reduce Water Waste in Your Garden



Water waste is often overlooked as a problem in modern day Australia even though, until relatively recently, our water shortages were a matter of national crisis. A multi-decade long drought that slogged Australia with relentless heat and relatively little rain to compensate meant that people had to stop watering their lawns. Additionally, they could only water their gardens once a day at the early evening, and had to wash their cars using a bucket of water, not a hose.

 

These water rules were followed by a majority of people, and the result was that our reservoirs were refilled over years and years, and we are no longer experiencing a drought. Water waste in the garden is starting to become a problem again, and the more we let it slip, the closer we get to another water shortage crisis. So, to help you reduce your garden’s water waste, we have put together a list of eco-friendly ways to do just that.

 

Grey Water

 

Grey water” usually refers to the runoff from washing machines, dishwashers, and other cleaning exercises. Buying eco-friendly products to use in these machines and throughout these processes is a great way to make your grey-water garden friendly, and this water can then be used to water your lawn, or other non-delicate plants under your care.

 

Rain Water

 

Rain water is one of the most-wasted sources of water that can be saved and utilised again and again on your garden and lawns. Installing a rainwater tank beside your home means that you will have something to water the yard from no matter what time of year it is or what the drought status is. Depending on the tank it might take a long time to fill up, but once full it is a reliable and all-natural backup water supply for your house and your yard.

 

Hose Systems

 

Setting up hose systems can be tough, but the hard-work can be lessened with the acquisition of irrigation controllers in Sydney. These irrigations systems can be put on timers to ensure that they activate and water your plants with the exact right amount of fluid at the right time every day, all without you having to lift a finger.

 

Moisture Mats

 

Moisture mats can be placed all over garden beds at your home to keep the soil moist for your growing plants. Rain soaks into the mats and they expand slightly, and their design keeps the water from draining away from the roots too quickly. The result is a source of water constantly available for your plants, even on hot, dry days in the summer.

 

Water Misting

 

For the horticulturalists that like to have fern setups or greenhouse-styled garden beds, watering can seem to waste a lot of water as it just drains out the bottom of any raised plant container.

 

Try installing misting systems in the framework instead, and see the difference it makes to your water bill. The misting ensures that a smaller amount of water covers a greater area, all the while thoroughly soaking your plants’ soil.

 

Drainage Paths

 

Finally, water always takes the path of least resistance when flowing away from its source. To make use of this fact, you can plant in downhill rows that need progressively less and less water, thus making use of natural drainage paths to get the right amount of water to your plants from most to least in need. This means only watering one place per day instead of a whole garden bed.

 

With these tips your garden is ready to shine brilliantly, and all without the need for chemicals or refined water from treatment plants.

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