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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Plant species native to your region.