Using location-suitable native plants instead of grass can be a fantastic way to lower water consumption and help to future-proof your home or rental from periods of drought. Nearly 40% of the average household’s total water consumption is used for watering gardens and lawns. Using native plantings with low water requirements can drastically reduce this number and increase Australia’s biodiversity by providing habitat for local birds and insects. For any lawn areas you want to maintain, consider species like couch and buffalo that require less water yet help to keep temperatures down during the hotter months. If you’re limited on space, pot plants with native species can help to encourage bees, birds and insects to visit your outdoor area.
Your local council may have a native plant nursery and native plant list specific to your region, so contact them for advice.