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

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

  3. Plant species native to your region.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Choose the right Arizona-friendly plants and watch them thrive in our desert environment.

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