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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Call your local conservation office for more information about xeriscaping with water-thrifty trees, plants, and ground covers.

  16. Plant species native to your region.