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

  2. Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.

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

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

  5. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

  6. Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three…

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

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

  9. If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one…

  10. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

  11. Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

  12. Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.

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

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

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

  16. Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or your local water provider.