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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Plant species native to your region.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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