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Building a Home: Keep Your Garden Alive Over Summer

Posted February 27, 2015

Homeowners in Perth know that our summers can be brutally hot. It’s easy to forget about the garden when its 40 degrees outside and all you’d like to do is hide from the heat in your climate-controlled home! However, if you’re planning on becoming a home builder in the near future, there are a few easy steps you can take with your home design to make it a little easier to take care of your garden during the blistering Western Australian summers. This article is an introduction to some of the most basic steps Perth home builders can take to keep their garden green during the summer!

Plant Water Wise Plants

Different plants are planted in different environments, depending on where they can grow and thrive. Plants from areas with a lot more rainfall require constant watering, which can become taxing on your water bills, not to mention your time, during the hot summers. Choosing to grow plants that are used to living without as much water, means they’ll survive better during the summer and that you’ll have to put less work into watering them. Think about planting beautiful Western Australian natives or succulents; both are hardy and don’t require much water to thrive!

Efficiently Watering your Garden

If water is plentiful, watering your garden is easy enough. However, when those watering restrictions are in place, Perth homeowners need to come up with effective strategies to help conserve water. To do this, it is important to understand the best ways to efficiently water your garden. First, check your local watering roster and make sure you’re following it closely. Then, water once per watering day, either before 9 am or after 6 pm. Watering your garden during the day makes it more likely you’ll lose the moisture to evaporation. Finally, make sure your watering equipment is up to date and well-maintained. The last thing you’ll want is to lose some water because of a leaky seal!

Grouping Plants with Similar Watering Needs

This practice is called hydro-zoning, and it means dividing your garden into separate regions based on the water they consume. This is typically done by dividing your garden into four zones. The first is for plants that require no watering, typically those native to Western Australia. The next three are for plants with low, moderate, and high water requirements. Grouping plants is an effective tactic for conserving water because on a day when you need to water high-requirement plants, you won’t need to waste water by covering areas that have high-requirement plants intermingled with others.

Keep these tips in mind if you have a garden in Perth, and want it to survive through the hot summer!