Gardens and Water Restrictions
Water restrictions don’t mean you have to give up any plans for having a beautiful garden. Your garden is still very important in terms of your quality of life, your family activities, your property value and the environment at large.
Water restrictions do mean we have to rethink how we garden, how we “spend” water and how we save and recycle water. We can help you create a beautiful garden that is water efficient by advising you about:
- Choosing low water use plants
- Garden design that groups plants according to their water needs.
- Thorough soil preparation, adding organic matter to increase your soil’s water- and nutrient-holding capacity.
- Use of soil wetting agents and other new products to help water penetrate and hold in your soil.
- Choosing the right mulch.
- Efficient drip irrigation systems that comply with current water restrictions.
- The pros and cons of lawns.
- Use of rainwater tanks and grey water.
Phone Helen to discuss how we can help you plan a more waterwise garden, through the following services:
- Garden consultation
- Installation of a drip irrigation system
- A regular check, clean and repair service for your irrigation system.
- Soil improvement and mulching
- Lawn improvement service – coring, pH testing, application of water-penetrating and holding products, seaweed products to improve lawn strength and vigour.
In the Sydney area, current water restrictions were relaxed on June 21 2009.
Hand-held hoses, sprinklers and watering systems are now permitted on any day before 10am and after 4pm. Hand-held hoses must be fitted with a trigger nozzle. Washing vehicles is permitted.
Children can play under the sprinkler on a hot day.
No hosing of hard surfaces except for health and safety purposes or emergency or construction activities.
Exemptions are available for some households for establishing new lawns. Details are at www.sydneywater.nsw.gov.au.