1. Planning and Design: Well thought out plans give great results. Group your plants by their water needs.
2. Limit Turf Areas: Use walkways, decks, pathways and patios to cover space. Identify how the turf will be used and what it’s purpose is. Use the appropriate variety for your needs.
3. Efficient Irrigation: Design your sprinkler system to meet the water needs of your landscape. Divide your yard into zones so that you have fine control and use a controller with enough features to meet your needs.
4. Soil Improvements: Healthy plants need less water to thrive, and they start with good soil. The soil in our area is generally low in organic matter and excessively compacted.
5. Use Mulches: Mulches cool the soil, retain moisture and reduce weed growth.
6. Use Low-Water Plant Material: There are many plants that are happy with very little additional water other than our rainfall after they are established.
7. Appropriate Maintenance: Learning to take care of a low water landscape maybe your greatest challenge. Common sense and learning to watch for the plant’s needs.