Waterwise gardening in a drought

Water is a precious resource and we all need to do our bit to save water. On average, each household uses around 200 litres of water every day!

We can all play a part in being water efficient. A small saving by everyone can create an ocean of water savings if everyone gets involved! Here are some simple ways you can use water more efficiently around your home and garden.

Water Wise Garden Tips

No doubt, growing a beautiful garden in drought conditions is always going to be challenging but it can be made easier with a mix of healthy soil, the right plants and water saving tips.

Drought Tolerant Plants

Some plants will cope better in a drought than others, but that doesn’t mean that you should only plant cacti! We have lots of great suggestions to add to your garden that don't need alot of water.

Waterwise Products

Yates Waterwise offers a comprehensive range of products specifically designed to assist gardeners in effectively managing water usage in their gardens.

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We welcome you to join the Yates Garden Community so we can continue to share ideas and tips on how to save water in your garden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a list of frequently asked questions on how to care for your plants during the drier conditions.

Ask An Expert

Is your plant looking a little sad? Need some help identifying a pest? Ask one of our horticulturists. We're always here to help!

Ways to save water around your home and garden

Water is a precious resource, so we shouldn’t waste it. Water wise tips are simple things you can do around your home and garden every day to use water efficiently.


Easy ways to save water in your garden

  • Fit a trigger nozzle to your garden hose and water in the cool of the early morning, different areas will have different water restrictions and these times might not apply everywhere. 
  • Use a broom or rake rather than a hose to clean your driveways and hard surfaces.
  • Plant for the climate and soil in your area. Choose dry tolerant plants that are suitable for your climate and soil type.
  • Apply 7 - 10 cm of mulch around plants to help save water lost through evaporation.
  • Wash your car with a trigger nozzle on the lawn so that you water the grass at the same time.


Easy ways to save water in your home

  • Keep your showers to four minutes. Taking shorter showers is one of the best ways to help conserve water.
  • Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is fully loaded before you turn it on.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Wash your vegetables and rinse dishes in a plugged sink or basin – not under a running tap.
  • Install WELS rated water saving showerheads and taps. The higher the number of stars, the more efficient they are.
  • Place a bucket under the shower to catch the water until it warms up. This can then be used to water plants out in the garden.