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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Plant species native to your region.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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