1. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…

  2. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

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

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

  5. Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or…

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

  7. Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

  8. Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds…

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

  10. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house,…

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

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

  13. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

  14. If you have an evaporative cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.

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

  16. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.