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

  2. Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.

  3. Water dry spot by hand instead of running the whole irrigation system longer.

  4. Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through…

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

  6. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better…

  7. Use a rain barrel to harvest rainwater from gutters for watering gardens and landscapes.

  8. Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

  9. Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

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

  11. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.

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

  13. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

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

  16. Spring is a great time to give your irrigation system a checkup to ensure it’s working efficiently.