WATER-WISE LANDSCAPING BASICS
- Appropriate plant selection: Select trees, shrubs and groundcovers based on their adaptability to your region’s soil and climate. California has an abundance of beautiful native plants which generally have lower water demands, fewer pest problems and less fertilizer needs than plants that have been brought into our state. The Sunset Plant Finder is a good tool to find the right plants for your area.
- The Right Plants for the Right Soil: Knowing your soil and selecting the right kind of plants for your area is an important part of a water-wise landscape.
- Limit your grass: Grass can be a huge source of outdoor water waste. Consider cutting back or eliminating the amount of turf you have at your house. Or if your family enjoys a large grassy yard, make sure you have a water-efficient sprinkler system.
- Efficient irrigation: Most people water their landscaping more than it needs. The greatest waste of outdoor water is applying too much too often.
- Mulch is good: Use mulch wherever possible. A good mulch conserves water by significantly reducing moisture evaporation from the soil. Mulch also reduces weed populations, prevents soil compaction and keeps soil temperatures more moderate.
- Appropriate maintenance: One of the best benefits of a water-wise landscape is that it requires less maintenance. A well-designed landscape can decrease maintenance by as much as 50 percent through reduced mowing; once-a-year mulching; elimination of non-California-friendly plants; and more efficient watering techniques.