Looking to transform your yard from tired and dull to attractive and fabulous? Water – Use It Wisely is here to help! In April and May, Water – Use It Wisely will partner with ABC15, the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, the Arizona Nursery Association’s ‘Plant Something’ Campaign, and Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply to provide landscape makeover tips and tricks. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or if you prefer to hire a pro, we’ll show you how to make the Xeriscape transformation.


Additionally, one lucky Maricopa County homeowner could win our Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab giveaway, transforming a residential landscape into a gorgeous water-wise Xeriscape valued at $9,000!* Contest runs from April 17 through May 31, 2017, with the winner chosen on or around June 12, 2017. THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED.


Xeriscape (zeer-i-skeyp) comes from the Greek word xeric (meaning arid or dry) and landscape. It is a term that defines a creative approach to landscaping that includes the use of desert-adapted plants, efficient irrigation, careful design, and proper maintenance. Using the seven principles of Xeriscape will produce superior landscapes that can save both water and energy:

  • Proper landscape planning & design
  • Soil improvements & grading
  • Appropriate maintenance
  • Low-water-use plants
  • Mulch use
  • Appropriate turf areas
  • Efficient irrigation

Xeriscape also creates or replaces native habitat used by wildlife and helps to provide shade for people, homes, and communities. Everything needs updating every so often and landscapes are no exception. With over half of a household’s water flowing outdoors, rehabbing a thirsty landscape of excessive turf and high-water-use plants into a beautiful Xeriscaped yard not only makes sense, it’s also water wise! Xeriscape yards are typically easier to maintain, use less water, and encourage visits by native pollinators, such as birds and butterflies.


Drab to Fab transformations can be easy, and Water – Use It Wisely helps take the guesswork out of a Xeriscape conversion. Watch out 10-part video series for tips to help your landscape drink responsibly!

Use Water – Use It Wisely’s toolkit for free publications and resources to help you transform your yard and to be more water-wise. Here, you can learn about calculating water use, hiring a pro, checking for leaks, WaterSense products, finding free water efficiency workshops, rainwater harvesting, demonstration gardens, and more.

Transform your yard into a lush, water-thrifty yard and be the envy of your neighbors! Inspire others in your neighborhood to follow suit and be water-wise.

*The landscape giveaway package is valued at $9,000 and will include design, install, and materials, such as plants and irrigation. See complete contest rules and eligibility on the contest website (THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED).


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