1. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

  2. Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs…

  3. Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

  4. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

  5. Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.

  6. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

  7. Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds…

  8. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

  9. Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three…

  10. Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.

  11. Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is…

  12. If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  13. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…