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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Plant species native to your region.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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