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

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

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

  4. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

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

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

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

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

  9. Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along…

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

  11. Read the Landscape Watering by the Numbers guidebook to help you determine how long and how much to water.

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

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

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

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

  16. Plant species native to your region.