Water-Smart Landscaping Beautifies Your Yard, Saves Money

During the recent drought, we asked our customers to help us preserve drinking water supplies. Together, we exceeded the state’s 20 percent conservation goal. Thank you!

As we experience shorter days and cooler nights, we encourage you to keep conserving drinking water, and your yard is a great place to start. During the winter months, one day a week should be enough to keep your garden healthy.

Here are some additional tips for saving water outdoors:

Landscape Conservation Tips

  • Make sure your sprinkler system is functioning properly.
  • Adjust your sprinkler schedule to match the season and the weather. Use the Recommended Watering Schedule for guidance.
  • Use drip irrigation in planter areas.
  • Cover bare soil with mulch to decrease evaporation and increase beautification.
  • Water just before dawn for a healthy garden.
  • Don’t water on windy days. Wind blows water away from where it is needed.
  • Set lawn mower blades higher. Longer grass means less evaporation.
  • Remove invasive plants from your garden. They hurt our environment.
  • Reduce water-thirsty grass and replace with California-Friendly® plants.
  • Take a Turf Removal Workshop. 

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View our Water-Wise Plants Featured in the Mesa Water Garden.

Sustainable Landscaping

Bioswales

Bioswales

Not just a hole in the ground, but an eye-catching feature in your landscape, bioswales help to reduce storm-water pollution from your home or business.

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Carbon Cycle

Carbon Cycle

Carbon naturally flows through our planet… with sustainable landscaping, you can help keep carbon in the soil and plants, and out of the atmosphere!

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Living Soils

Living Soils

Soil is alive. And it’s more than just dirt… it’s an essential resource for our landscape’s survival. A healthy soil is crawling with beneficial bacteria and bugs and has a good balance of nutrients.

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Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Rain barrels collect and store rainwater from your rooftop to use later for watering your garden or lawn. Rain barrels can save you money and help keep your garden green during the summer when water is in short supply.

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Sample Landscape Designs

Smart From the Start Landscape Designs
These free landscape design templates can assist homeowners and developers to design and install attractive water-wise landscapes to replace existing water-thirsty landscapes. The sample designs show appropriate plantings, irrigation, and site elements to envision how water conservation can be accomplished with good design. Sample irrigation schedules and water use estimates are also included.

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