When planning or revamping your outdoor landscape,  consider using materials that allow rain to soak into your soil and garden.

Crushed shells, pebbles, gravels, permeable pavers and mulch are good materials to use and can help reduce flooding and pooling during heavy rainfall. It also eases the load on storm water drainage systems.

When paving, use porous material or ground cover in the gaps instead of mortar. This helps counter the warming effect of pavers and provides another way for rain to soak into the soil.


  • Position plants with similar watering needs together, this enables you to water them more effectively —this is called hydro-zoning.
  • Plant closely together so they create their own shade for the soil and reduce evaporation.
  • Keep plants with high water needs, such as vegetables and herbs, near the house so they can be watered with greywater collected from the shower or stored rainwater.
  • If you are planting on a sloping section, proper grading allows water to soak into the soil and be used by plants rather than running off your section.


  • Use a broom and/or bucket to clean hard surfaces such as footpaths and driveways.
  • Wash your car/boat/caravan and pets on an area of lawn – this helps prevent soapy water and chemicals running into the drain and straight to the river untreated.
  • Check for dripping taps and obvious leaks on your property and get these fixed as soon as possible.
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