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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Plant species native to your region.

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