Make your garden healthy and waterwise by adding topsoil and introducing organic material. This will help water penetrate into the plant root zone. See the Importance of soil fact sheet for more information.
In the Canberra region, water efficient gardens often have a number of key things in common:
Below are some frequently asked questions to help you work out the best watering schedule for your Green areas.
If you’re using less water than recommended (frequency and watering time combined), keep up the good work. The best way to figure out what your garden needs is to get out there and do some trials. The schedule WaterRight Gardens recommends is our best estimate only.
If it rains and your soil gets more water than it can hold, simply defer watering the next time.
When it rains heavily, check to see if your soil has been fully penetrated. If it has, defer watering the next time. If it hasn’t, it could be because your soil is compacted and the rain runs over it rather than penetrates it. In this case, water as usual.
Ideally you should water early morning, late afternoon or evening. Make sure you check whether water restrictions are in place and follow the watering times permitted.
Yes. Before watering, check soil moisture by inserting your finger to a depth of 5 cm in each green area. If the soil is moist, defer watering.
In Canberra’s climate, it’s difficult to maintain a perfect lawn, especially with our dry periods. You can still maximise the health of your lawn and save money by using less water. You can, for example:
See our Lawns and garden beds fact sheet for more information.
Clay soils are prone to drying out and to water logging if drainage is poor.
Don’t allow clay soils to dry out or get compacted. You need to mulch, regularly aerate and ensure regular and deep watering (clay soils hold water for a long time).
If your soil is waterlogged you will need to improve the drainage. Use organic mulches and apply organic compost frequently. This encourages worms and other soil organisms to improve the soil by taking organic material and nutrients deeper into it.