Plant for the climate & soil in your area.
Use watering cans or trigger nozzles on hoses so that you water the areas that need it.
Water your garden before 10 am or after 4 pm to reduce water loss through evaporation.
Wash your car with a trigger nozzle on the lawn so that you water and fertilise the grass at the same time.
Remove weeds as soon as they sprout – they take water away from your plants.
Water each plants’ roots, not the leaves.
Use a cover to save half your pool water from evaporating each year.
Always use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
Group plants with similar needs together so they all get the right amount of water.
Adjust the height of your lawn mower. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate before hitting the ground.
Remember to regularly check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
Don’t water your plants or lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
While fertilisers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertiliser needed.