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

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

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

  4. Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate…

  5. Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

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

  7. Plant species native to your region.

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

  9. Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.

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

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

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

  13. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  14. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons…

  15. Timing is everything when it comes to irrigation. Learn how to set your controller properly.

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