ACTEW’s top tips for your garden

johnboy 3 October 2008 6

ACTEW would like you to water your garden less.

To help you to do that they’ve produced five top tips:

    1. Build a 10 cm circular mound around the outside of the drip line of all trees in your garden and on your nature strip ensuring that it is not a trip hazard so that any rain that falls will be captured in the well that is produced.
    2. Cover your garden with coarse mulch such as forest litter 50 to 75 mm deep keeping it back from plant stems. Ensure the soil is wet and sprinkle some Blood and Bone before you lay the mulch.
    3. Cover your garden and lawn with a soil wetting agent to encourage the absorption of water
    4. Rip new gardens or loosen your soil where possible using a garden fork and add any organic matter you have (compost, leaves, hay, manure, etc)
    5. Build swales (mounds) across a slope to slow water movement and run-off across your block

So there you go.


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6 Responses to ACTEW’s top tips for your garden
tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 12:28 pm 03 Oct 08

#8 Replace lawn with artificial turf, build own mini-golf area

Vomit! I’d rather have dirt that plastic that some people fool themselves into thinking looks like grass. I’ve been shown many peoples “pride and joy” and “investment” before.

“Yeah, it looks like plastic *cough* how much did you pay?” Well I suppose you CAN vacuum it rather than rake.

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 11:24 am 03 Oct 08

#8 Replace lawn with artificial turf, build own mini-golf area

sepi sepi 11:16 am 03 Oct 08

There is a real disconnect between the long term sustainability ideals of growing your own fruit and veg, and maintaining green space around homes and cities to reduce summer temperatures, and the ACT govt miserly attitude to water for gardens.

Thumper Thumper 10:59 am 03 Oct 08

#7- Learn to enjoy desert like conditions. The sahara is said to be spectacular.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:56 am 03 Oct 08

didn’t they leave of number 6 “don’t use water on your lawn or plants for that matter – but pools are okay?!

Jazz Jazz 10:20 am 03 Oct 08

Tip #6, hire a bobcat and rip your garden out all together. replace with concrete paving.

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