Shift to Water-Smart Landscaping



Choose Drought-Friendly Plants

Imagine enjoying a green yard without all the worry of constant watering. Planting trees, shrubs, and other drought-friendly plants can: lower water bills; reduce water use, maintenance, and plant disease; encourage deeper, stabilizing roots and more groundwater recharge; and keep polluted runoff out of local waterways.

  • Visit a garden or garden center

    There are countless plants and shrubs that thrive with limited watering. Unsure about where to start? Consult a local lawn and garden center near your home.

  • Sign up for a class

    Many communities sponsor free gardening workshops to help residents create and maintain beautiful and water-efficient gardens.

  • Train your garden

    Plants can learn to use less water. Water only as needed to keep new plants’ root systems moist—but not saturated—until they’re established.



Use Garden Mulches

Good soil is essential to healthy gardens and yards—preparing it (and caring for it) correctly can pay off in a thriving outdoor space.

  • Add mulch

    Adding mulch can be a quick, cost-effective way to save water. It can reduce erosion by allowing water to penetrate the soil, add nutrients to the garden as it decomposes, and suppress weeds.

  • Improve your soil

    Boost your soil by using organic matter like manure or readily available compost. Rich topsoil will improve water drainage and reduce the need to heavily irrigate.



Install Efficient Irrigation

An efficient irrigation system in your yard or garden applies the right amount of water to the right place—at the right time. You can dramatically improve efficiency by using proper irrigation scheduling techniques.

  • Properly design your irrigation system

    Water smart by grouping your plants according to their water needs.

    Place plants that prefer moist soil in areas that stay cool throughout the day. Drier-soil plants can handle more sun and wind.

    Check your home’s water pressure. If it is greater than 80 psi, consider installing a pressure-reducing valve.

  • Schedule your irrigation system

    Adjust the watering times (number of minutes) and the frequency of watering (daily, weekly, etc.) based on seasons and weather conditions.

    Water at night or early morning, between 8 pm and 10 am, to reduce evaporation and water loss.