1. Remember to periodically check your sprinkler system valves for leaks, and to keep sprinkler heads in good shape.

  2. Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and…

  3. Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.

  4. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.

  5. When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.

  6. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

  7. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

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

  9. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to…

  10. Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.

  11. Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

  12. Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the…

  13. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

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

  15. Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps…

  16. Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.