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water management
water zones
When setting up an efficient water management system the first thing you have to do is recognise that even with the best water management practices you will not have enough water available to water every plant in your garden.  So to maximise water use efficiency it is advisable to plan your garden out into water zones.

This is a process where you group plants together depending on their water needs.  Naturally this is best done when you are designing a new garden, though it can be gradually applied over time to an established one.

For details on water zones see the Water Zones in the Garden Design section.