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

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

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

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

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

  6. Plant species native to your region.

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

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

  9. For automatic water savings, direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems to water-loving plants in your landscape.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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