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

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

  3. Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.

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

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

  6. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.

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

  8. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

  9. Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.

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

  11. For more immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes.

  12. Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three…

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

  14. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

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

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