Evaluation of Wastewaters to Provide Optimum Water and Nutrient Products for Growing Turf and Native Plants

Wieslaw, Jan Zielinski (2015) Evaluation of Wastewaters to Provide Optimum Water and Nutrient Products for Growing Turf and Native Plants. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

The recent drought in South Eastern Australia and associated water restrictions led to a significant increase in the use of greywater for the watering of lawn and garden areas. There was also an emerging trend for sustainable drought resistant landscaping for which some Australian native plants were suitable. There however was an uncertainty about whether greywater was a useful source of water for plants or whether it could be harmful. This study investigated how two varieties of turf Kikuyu (Pennisetum Clandestinum) and Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea), and two varieties of Australian native flowers Scaly Buttons (Leptorhynchos squamatus) and Small Vanilla Lilies (Arthropodium minus) grew when watered with several different types of greywaters sourced from a bathroom shower and a laundry.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/29727
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords plant growth, endemic plants, fauna, flowers, grass, lawns, recycled water, water recycling, water conservation, urine, phosphate, soil, watering, Australia
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