Today is World Water Day. “The Answer is in Nature.” How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution?

By using the solutions we already find in nature.

Conserve water in your garden this Autumn. An important principle is to always plan the overflow route and manage surplus water as a resource. You can use earth shaping, planting and mulch to create a living sponge(s) in the landscape.

In summary, the most logical, cost-effective strategy to maintain a garden or landscape requires the following 3 steps:-

1. Harvest rainwater and runoff with appropriate earth shaping so that water infiltrates the soil.

2. Set yourself a goal of zero storm water runoff: consider storing rainwater in tanks and treating it for use in the house.

3. Consider treating and reusing your “grey” water in the landscape.