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A lovely garden is a great place to relax and unwind. Gardens need water, but they don't necessarily need a lot of water. If you're smart in how you plan and nurture your plants, you can have a gorgeous and drought-resistant garden to enjoy for many years to come.


Our tips for saving water in the garden

  • We all love to keep our gardens green and healthy, and there's no reason you can't do this while saving water.
  • Always use a leak-free trigger nozzle on your hose and remember to properly turn off the tap.
  • Choose hardy/drought proof plants and lawns (perennial and creeping) if possible.
  • Keep lawn watering to a minimum by encouraging deep root growth and keeping a weed-free lawn.
  • Water thoroughly rather than often, to help make plants tough and tolerant of extremes.
  • Fertilise lawns in late winter to encourage deep rooted grasses.
  • Use mulch to ensure reduced water loss from evaporation.
  • Water your plants, not the footpaths or other non-vegetative surfaces.
  • Wash your car on the lawn with a bucket and sponge before a final hose off so that you end up with both a clean car and a watered lawn.
  • If you have a pool or spa, use a pool cover to keep it clean and reduce water evaporation.


The lawn is the biggest user of water in the garden!

  • Keep lawn areas to a minimum.
  • Allow lawns to grow to a height of 7 cm and don’t be tempted to overwater.
  • Lawns of perennial and creeping grasses survive better in dry weather and should be encouraged to harden during long hot summers. Talk to your local nursery about arid lawn types suitable for your area.
  • Only water if your lawn shows signs of stress, then apply about 2.5 cm of water. Put a rain gauge near the sprinkler to measure the amount of water.


Did you know that a garden sprinkler uses about 1000 litres of water an hour?


Water restrictions

Water conservation is an integral part of our operations at GWMWater.


Make sure you're aware of and complying with Permanent Water Saving Rules. We introduce staged water restrictions at certain times to also conserve our precious water resources.

Water restrictions in our region


Low water use gardens in our region

If you're looking for some great examples of low water use gardens in our region, there are plenty to choose from! Our very own Horsham office has a low water use garden surrounding the building.

We are also proud to have sponsored the following low water use gardens in our region:

  • Federation Park - Stawell
  • Woodbine Administration Centre - Warracknabeal
  • Karkana Administration Centre - Horsham
  • East Wimmera Health Service - Ararat


Gardening with Ted Brown

Learn from the best and soak up some local expertise with our favourite gardener, Ted Brown! Together with GWMWater, Ted has prepared fact sheets to help you grow a thriving and drought-resistant garden.

Download the fact sheets for great ideas to create a beautiful waterwise garden.

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