Water is valuable to people, food, animals and everything around us. Although we live in a country where water is readily available and water restrictions have been lifted in a lot of areas, our water shouldn’t be taken for granted

Australians are the greatest per capita consumers of water, using an average of 100,000L of freshwater per person each year. We can’t make water, so as one of our most important resources; we should continue to remain conscious about saving.

Of the 100,000L of water used, approximately 40% of this household water is used outdoors. One of the easiest ways to save thousands of litres of water around the home is to reduce the water used on landscapes. An efficient irrigation system can play an enormous role in contributing to these savings. Importantly, conservation techniques in the garden save not only water but money, time and effort as well as benefiting the natural environment. (http://www.yourhome.gov.au/water)

Irrigation Myths

There are plenty of common myths about smart gardens and Smart Irrigation.
Here we cover some of the most common misconceptions you might be wrong about.

Lifeless Dull Garden

A water conserving landscape does not mean a lifeless, dull garden. There are many drought tolerant plants that continually bloom and remain lush and with technology today, non-drought tolerant plants remain healthy without using endless amounts of water.

Style Limitations

A water conserving landscape does not mean that there are limitations in landscape styles. There are countless landscape styles that can be achieved.

A water conserving landscape does not mean a lifeless, dull garden. There are many drought tolerant plants that continually bloom and remain lush and with technology today, non-drought tolerant plants remain healthy without using endless amounts of water.

A water conserving landscape does not mean that there are limitations in landscape styles. There are countless landscape styles that can be achieved.

Complicated

A basic understanding of irrigation is helpful; however, obtaining an efficient irrigation system is not simple. Professionals in this field can assist in creating the perfect design for any landscape.

Hard Work

Keeping the landscape luscious and healthy is not hard work. It is easy to be smart with water when it comes to irrigation thanks to new developments in irrigation technology.

A basic understanding of irrigation is helpful; however, obtaining an efficient irrigation system is not simple. Professionals in this field can assist in creating the perfect design for any landscape.

Keeping the landscape luscious and healthy is not hard work. It is easy to be smart with water when it comes to irrigation thanks to new developments in irrigation technology.

A water conserving landscape does not mean a lifeless, dull garden. There are many drought tolerant plants that continually bloom and remain lush and with technology today, non-drought tolerant plants remain healthy without using endless amounts of water.

A water conserving landscape does not mean that there are limitations in landscape styles. There are countless landscape styles that can be achieved.

A basic understanding of irrigation is helpful; however, obtaining an efficient irrigation system is not simple. Professionals in this field can assist in creating the perfect design for any landscape.

Keeping the landscape luscious and healthy is not hard work. It is easy to be smart with water when it comes to irrigation thanks to new developments in irrigation technology.

Smart Tips

 Here are some simple tips that can help save water.

Landscape to suit the location and climate
  • Choose plants that are well suited to the environment and climate.
  • When planting, remember to factor in the property features including dry or wet areas, areas of sun and shade, size of plant etc.
Care tips
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.
  • Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
  • To improve water penetration, aerate the lawn and around trees a least once per year.
Consider drip line
  • It is a good option for mulched areas so that water can soak straight into the soil without washing away mulch.
  • An advantage of drip line is that there is minimal water lost due to evaporation or runoff.
Hire a professional
  • Professionals will ensure that irrigation systems are working properly and efficiently.
  • Install a weather station so that the controller is watering as efficiently as possible.
Keep the soil healthy
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.
  • Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
  • To improve water penetration, aerate the lawn and around trees at least once per year.
Lawn tips
  • Leaving lawn clippings on the grass cools the ground and holds in moisture, conserving water.
  • Weed regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.
  • Adjust the lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
Check irrigation system regularly
  • Spring is a great time to give irrigation systems a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.
  • Check the sprinkler system valves for leaks, and keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
  • Adjust sprinklers and ensure only the lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
“Hydro-zone”
  • Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while under watering others.
  • Separate plants from grassy areas, which have different water requirements.