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

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

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

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

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

  6. Plant species native to your region.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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