WAYS TO SAVE UP ON WATER COSTS
SYDNEY Water’s water efficiency expert Nelson Wallis says warmer temperatures this summer will mean using more water and money maintaining gardens and lawns.
“About 25 per cent of water usage by Sydney households is outdoors and keeping gardens in pristine condition in hot and dry weather,’’ Wallis says.
These are Wallis’ tips to save water and money.
Water plants before 9am. This allows the plants to use water throughout the day.
Use watering cans or trigger nozzles on hoses.
Set up a watering system or soaker hose on a timer, to apply water at regular intervals.
Water the roots of plants, not leaves.
Place saucers underneath tender potted plants.
Group plants with similar needs together so they all get the right amount of water and feed.
Plant local native varieties that attract wildlife and need less watering. Sydney Water has a free tool to help select such plants.
Remove weeds. They use valuable water.
Put down mulch. It can save up to 70 per cent of water usage.
Wash your car on the lawn. Car shampoos use phosphates similar to many fertilisers.