Landscaping for Dummies – Water Saving

People throughout the world are continually updating their yards and gardens to keep them looking fresh and new. A lot of people use landscape designers to help them get it right, but a lot more choose to do it themselves, as they find the design and putting together of a new garden both rewarding and exciting.

If you are considering redeveloping your yard in Australia, then you need to consider water consumption. As one of the driest countries on the planet, Australian gardeners are often faced with severe water restrictions which can make gardening hard. With this in mind, here are some things that you can do to help make sure that your garden is sustainable when it comes to water use:

Choose drought tolerant plants:

Unfortunately, one of the biggest problems that Australia gardeners make is that they plant things which simply aren’t suited to their climate. Often, European or American garden plants are used. These are adapted to wet, cool climates, and simply won’t do well in Australia unless they are given a lot of water.

To save water, you can choose native plants which are adapted to our dry climate. Small native shrubs are often just as beautiful as foreign garden plants, but simply don’t have the same water requirements. Things like bottlebrushes, eucalyptus, and banksias are all popular.

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Why Should You Use Artificial Turf in Harsh Climates?

Landscape designers throughout the world are beginning to use artificial turf more and more regularly, especially in tough climates. Although traditional lawns are still widespread, artificial turf has a number of benefits which make it the favoured choice, especially for people who don’t have a lot of time or money to spend on lawn maintenance.

What is artificial turf?

Basically, artificial turf is fake grass. It is usually made to look and feel as much like real grass as possible, which is one of the reasons why it is rapidly growing in popularity. Although it’s usually made of some sort of plastic or synthetic material, it is often more environmentally friendly and a better option than real grass.

What are the benefits of using artificial turf in harsh environments?


Artificial turf is becoming a favourite for landscape designers who work in Australia’s harsh conditions. Unfortunately, regular grass needs a lot of maintenance to look good when it is hot and dry – like in the Australian summer – which means that it often isn’t a logical choice. Some of the benefits of using artificial turf include:

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