Welcome to the WaterRight Garden webtool for Canberra

Watering your garden too much?

If so, you’re losing money and wasting a precious resource. But how much water is too much?

This handy webtool helps determine how much water your garden and lawn needs and the best time to water. It helps you reduce the amount of water without compromising on the health of your garden and lawn.

How does this webtool help me?

The WaterRight Gardens webtool is designed for Canberra’s environment. It generates recommendations for water frequency and amounts based on the type of plants and soil, the amount of wind, shade, rain, the season and other factors you have in your garden. So whether you’re planting a new garden, redesigning an existing one or just adding a few new plants, this webtool can help.

This webtool does not apply to:

Established trees or plants taller than 2 metres
New plantings that are being established
Potted plants
Vegetable gardens and annuals
Indoor plants


The health of flora, fauna and other plantings, as well as the amount of water such flora, fauna and other plantings may need in a particular situation or location, is subject to change and depends on a variety of factors. As such, the Canberra Plant Selector Tool is intended to be used only as a guide. No representations or warranties are made with respect to your use of the Canberra Plant Selector Tool, and by using the Canberra Plant Selector Tool, you do so at your own risk. You should consult with a landscaping professional to ensure that the location and conditions, as well as the intended watering patterns, are appropriate for the health of your flora, fauna or other plantings.