1. Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for…

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

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

  4. When sprucing up your front or backyard, consider xeriscaping. This landscape method uses low-water-use plants to limit your…

  5. Plant species native to your region.

  6. Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water-use plant and save up to…

  7. Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.

  8. Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.

  9. Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons…

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

  11. Visit your local xeriscape garden to view plants that thrive in our hot desert environment.

  12. Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along…

  13. Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees.

  14. Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.

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

  16. Consider attending a landscape class hosted by a water provider. Most workshops occur in the spring and fall.