- Fertilizing lawns keeps them healthy. Autumn is the best time.
- Mowing lawns too low is detrimental to their health.
- Lawns can be ‘encouraged’ to use less water if topsoil is allowed to dry before watering again. This trains the roots downward. Soak lawns every fortnight in spring/ summer with approximately 25ml.
- Lawns most suitable for dry climates are Windsor Green, Common or Bermuda Couch, Wintergreen, Kikuyu.
- Mulch conserves water but care needs to be taken that it does not pose a fire risk.
- Avoid finely textured mulch which can prevent moisture permeating down.
- Wetting agents should not be applied to mulch.
- Fertilizing plants with low water needs can be detrimental to their low water use characteristics.
- Small plants in tubes establish better and can even outgrow plants purchased in a more advanced state.
- Place dripper irrigation systems beneath mulch but not under soil.
- Saline water reduces the amount a plant can absorb .
- If using saline water, keep the soil moist.