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Water-wise gardens

Water-wise garden program

Approximately 30% of water used in a typical NSW house is used in the garden during summer, however, a few small changes could reduce water bills, time spent in the garden, and help gardens thrive.

In 2015, Council launched a water-wise garden program to help Eurobodalla residents learn easy ways to stop wasting water and create and maintain colourful and water efficient gardens that can flourish in local conditions year-round. As part of this program, you can book a free water-wise garden check. The check-up involves a visit from a member of Council's Environment Team who will talk with garden owners about basic landscaping, watering systems, mulching and composting, and will provide you with tips to help make your garden more water-wise. You may also be eligible to receive a free garden hose trigger nozzle and native plants for your garden.

Water-wise gardens have many benefits. They:

  • are low maintenance
  • reduce your water bill
  • can be extremely colourful and vibrant
  • can cope better with the weather
  • help keep more water for local rivers
  • grow better in our local conditions.

What else can I do to help make my garden more water efficient?

You can try some of the following actions to help make your garden more water efficient:

  • Ensure that your soil is always covered by mulch - mulching soil will prevent it drying out, protects plants from heat and frost, provides important nutrients and helps control weeds which compete with your plants for vital water.
  • Place moist newspaper over your garden beds before mulching - this assists with water retention and weed reduction.
  • Add compost and manure to your soil - these provide food for plants and enrich the water retention capacity of your soil, which means there's more water available for your plants.
  • Group plants with similar water needs together and water them in the early morning or evening for best results.
  • Replace your lawn with one of the warm-season grasses such as buffalo, couch or kikuyu, which require about 30% less water than cool-season grasses.
  • Get the right irrigation system - use a water-efficient irrigation system like leaky hoses and dripper systems as these provide smaller amounts of water directly to the base of the plant, close to where it is taken up.
  • Planting with hydrated water-storing crystals will lengthen the time between watering, and increases plant survival in dry periods. The crystals absorb up to 400 times their own weight in water and are effective for up to five years before they biodegrade.
  • Longer deep soaks are better than frequent watering - deep soaks encourage roots to move deeply into the soil.
  • Check your garden for pests and diseases on a regular basis, which will help you get to know your garden better and understand the watering needs of your plants.
  • Raise your lawnmower blades and use a mulching lawnmower or leave grass clippings to help make lawns more drought tolerant and stay greener for longer.

More information

We can help you

To book your free water-wise garden check, and or for more information about this program, please contact: