Tips and Tricks

  • Leave grass clippings on your lawn

    Set your mower so it cuts your lawn a bit higher and let soil organisms recycle the clippings into free fertiliser. Clippings can provide about one third of the nutrients that your lawn needs every year.

  • Avoid over-watering

    Over-watering, juts like rain, washes fertiliser through sandy soils and into stormwater drains, where they end up in our waterways. So don't forget to adjust your irrigation system if there's rain around!

  • Create a native plant border

    Plant a ‘border’ of native plants to capture runoff from your gardens and control erosion. Plants will consume the water and nutrients that would have leached into local waterways and will help hold soils in place.

  • Mulch it

    Mulching your garden beds will reduce watering requirements and the amount of nutrients leaching through the soil into groundwater. A layer of mulch in your garden will also help discourage weeds.

  • No garden waste in the drain

    This includes lawn clippings and garden plants as well as aquarium and pond plants, which can become invasive weeds in our rivers.

  • Keep chemicals off hard surfaces

    Sweep any material that accidentally lands onto hard surfaces such as sidewalks or driveways back onto the lawn.

  • Match fertiliser to plant needs

    Match your fertiliser application to the needs of plant and lawn at each stage of growth or root development. Apply fertiliser solely during vegetation growth to maintain healthy conditions.

  • Fertilise away from drains

    Keep your on-site drains and soak wells clean and don't allow fertiliser to run into them.

  • Don't dump that fish!

    Don’t dispose of exotic fish or aquatic species down toilets or drains because these intruders can make their way to our rivers, estuaries, and bays and become invasive.

  • Keep Sewage On Board

    Keep sewage on board your boat in a portable toilet or holding tank. Unless you can treat your own waste water with a macerator, dispose of it only at an approved pump-out facility.

  • Fish responsibly

    Follow fishing regulations like size or bag limits to help protect our favourite seafood stocks.

  • Dispose of liquid waste responsibly

    Avoid washing toxic waste such as oils and chemicals down stormwater drains where it can enter waterways and affect the places we like to fish, swim and have fun. Most service stations and rubbish tips have liquid waste disposal facilities.