Promoting sustainable living within the local community

Do not over-water!

This will:

  • increase your water bill
  • leach valuable nutrients from the soil (costing you money to replace them)
  • cause loss of soil oxygen which in turn increases the chance of root rot and other diseases of oxygen suffocation.

Drought-tolerant plants, most lawns and established trees and shrubs, and large fruit trees rarely need watering
Fruit and vegetables usually crop adequately without watering. The quality and quantity however, is improved by watering close to harvest
When the leaves are the crop, such as lettuce, the plants should never go short of water. Watering about two weeks before harvesting is usually sufficient
Containers need frequent watering because they only hold a limited amount of water. Apply water when the surface of the compost appears dry