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How to save water without killing your garden


Australia has just endured one of its driest winters and little relief is on the horizon with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting an even drier and warmer summer. Being mindful of water use is now top of mind for many households as these severe conditions continue to affect communities around the country. This is particularly important in the garden where there is huge temptation to drench withering plants struggling with the heat.

“Rather than a light sprinkle daily, it’s much better to give plants a thorough, deep watering less often," says Alyce Rigby, product manager at Nylex. "It encourages plant roots to grow down into the soil, where it’s cooler, and promotes a firm, more dry-tolerant root system."

Here are her top tips for saving water in your garden.

Beat the heat

Plants absorb water through their roots, so it makes sense to deliver the water as close to the root zone as possible. Watering wands with a long handle allow you to easily hold the spray down low, to deliver water where it’s need most. And be sure to water early in the morning before the sun heats up to reduce water loss due to evaporation. An easy way to water garden beds, borders and veggie patches is with a water weeper hose. Water weeper hoses are the ideal for reducing water waste as they have no overspray, also making them great around pools or near tiles where the surface can be slippery.

Make the most of valuable rain water

To help prevent unnecessary watering, use a rain gauge to keep track of how much water your garden has already received on those precious rainy days.

Check hose fittings

Hose fittings are often prone to breaking or leakage, leading to unnecessary water waste so it can be worthwhile investing in anti-leak hose connectors and tap adapters that connect to any standard garden hose. Other accessories, such as spray-guns, can also prevent water leakage and excess run-off with an easy on/off control at the gun, so you don’t have to go back to the tap to stop the water flow. Spray-guns also give you the option of different watering patterns and flow strengths depending on the type of plants you have.

Reuse/reduce waste

Finally, grey water hoses allow efficient watering by allowing you to reuse wastewater from showers or washing machines on your garden. These hoses are easily connected to household appliances to drain grey water from the machine to buckets or directly into your garden. Just be sure to use plant-friendly detergents and powders.

This blog post was courtesy of Nylex. Nylex water saving products are available nationwide at Bunnings Warehouse stores. For more interior design or style inspiration, visit one of our award-winning display homes, or check out our style gallery, where you can save and organise all your favourite Metricon home designs.