1. #72

    Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the…

  2. #73

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

  3. #74

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

  4. #75

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

  5. #76

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

  6. #77

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

  7. #78

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

  8. #79

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

  9. #80

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

  10. #81

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

  11. #82

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

  12. #83

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