Waterwise gardens, lawns and verges



Creating a waterwise garden is one of the most efficient ways you can save groundwater. You don’t have to compromise on having an enjoyable green space for your home.

Plan a waterwise garden

Planning and design play an important role in achieving a waterwise garden.

Waterwise garden design should incorporate waterwise plants and a functional mix of hard surface, garden beds and lawn species suitable for Perth’s climate.

Use hydrozoning and group plants according to their irrigation, nutrient and maintenance requirements

Download pdf Planning a waterwise garden

Ways to achieve a waterwise garden

Read these tips on how to achieve a waterwise garden.

Click the links to find out more from Water Corporation’s handy waterwise webpages. Also keep an eye out for Water Corporation’s waterwise offers to help you save money and water in your garden.

Read Irrigation Australia’s fact sheet with great tips to help you achieve a healthy waterwise garden on a two-day watering roster.

Choose waterwise plants and create hydrozones

Choose waterwise Western Australian native and drought-tolerant plants. These will need less water and are low maintenance. Use Water Corporation’s Waterwise plants directory to find plants that will grow the best where you live.

Create hydrozones, where plants with similar water needs are grouped together in the garden. This will make it easier to set up irrigation systems to deliver the right amount of water for your plants’ needs – saving water.

Watch Irrigation Australia’s video to learn about efficient irrigation advice

Find out more about waterwise plants and garden design through Water Corporation

Install and build more climate-resilient lawns

If you are installing a new lawn, choose warm-season and drought-tolerant lawn species that are suitable for Perth’s warm conditions.

Increase and maintain your lawn’s health by following watering guidelines, applying a soil wetting agent at least three times a year, aerating your lawn annually during spring, and applying a slow-release fertiliser every two months during the warmer months and once during winter.

For more about how to install and build more climate-resilient lawns visit Water Corporation’s website

Improve your soil and use mulch

Improve your soil by adding organic compost, a soil wetting agent and soil amendments, such as clay. This will improve the water and nutrient-holding capacity of your soil.

Apply a 5–10 cm layer of coarse mulch to help keep the water in and reduce evaporation.

Choose soil conditioners and mulches with the Waterwise and Smart Approved WaterMark symbols.

Watch the video from Irrigation Australia about understanding soil water

Find out more about how to improve your soil and use waterwise products through Water Corporation’s website

Create a waterwise verge

Consider the benefits of creating a waterwise verge for you and your street to enjoy.

Waterwise verges use less water.

Find out more about how to transform your verge into a waterwise garden, including plant selection and incentives, through Water Corporation’s website

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