A water-efficient garden is designed to meet your lifestyle needs without wasting water, regardless of your local climate. Benefits of a water-efficient garden often include reduced water bills and garden running costs, and less maintenance.
Living Smart encourages you to explore and utilise in conjunction with the biodiversity module the Waterwise Plant Selector which is an online tool that helps you find water efficient plants suited to your location and climate conditions. Use your postcode to search and select from more than 4,000 plants.
Also attached below are a series of fabulous factsheets covering all things waterwise gardening from lawns to edible landscaping.
- Planning a Water Efficient Garden
- Watering Your Garden
- Mulch and Your Garden
- Maintaining Your Lawn
- Growing Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
- Growing Plants in Pots or Containers
- Rainwater Tanks
- Understand Your Garden Soil
- Water Saving Tips for the Garden
Happy Waterwise Gardening!
Source: © The State of Queensland (Department of Environment and Resource Management) 2011, accessed 1/7/2011
Explore the Biodiversity module for waterwise plant species to bring your yard to life without an abundance of water.
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Useful Tips and Facts
- A standard showerhead may use up to 25 litres of water per minute whereas water-efficient showerhead might use as little as seven litres per minute, which is less than a third.
- A water-efficient washing machine may use only one-third the water of an inefficient model.
- An old-style single-flush toilet could use up to 12 litres of water per flush, while a standard dual flush toilet uses just a quarter of this on a half-flush.
- As a guide, running your hose at maximum capacity can use up to 20 litres per minute, so a full 1000-litre tank will provide around 50 minutes of hosing.
- Ask council to provide you with a species list most suitable to your local conditions.
- Check for leaks regularly as even one dripping tap can waste up to 2,000 litres per month. To do this, turn off your water for a few hours, if your meter reading changes it will be obvious that you have a leak.
- Check your pool for leaks. A leaking pool can lose up to 500 litres a day.
- Check your toilet for leaks, a leaking toilet can use up to 15 litres every day.
- Checking your water meter regularly allows you to notice if your property has any hidden leaks.
- Many native plants conserve water with small leaves often covered in a tough or hairy surface. Internal water storage and deep roots help them survive in times of drought.
- Moreton bay residents are entitled to a free cubic metre of mulch a month from the local waste facility.
- Mulch your garden regularly. This helps maintain moisture in the soil and control weeds that compete with plants for water.
- Regularly check outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks. A single dripping tap can waste up to 2,000 litres a month.
- Take note of the rainfall your garden receives. If your area has received significant rainfall (more than 50mm) it may be weeks before you need to water again.
- To rinse your razor, run a little water into a plugged sink. Rinsing your razor under a running tap wastes a lot of water.
- Water deeply and less frequently to encourage plants and lawn to grow deeper roots and be more resilient to dry times. Twice a week should be sufficient if you have a well-mulched garden, suitable soil and established plants
- Where possible reduce the amount of time you use your garbage disposal unit. This will save up to 7 litres a minute.