• Use native plants to significantly reduce the amount of water necessary for irrigation. Native plants are better suited to the local climate and soil types and are more adapted to the local weather system.
  • Minimize water-consuming turf area. By replacing turf with native groundcovers and perennial grasses, you can still maintain the look of a manicured garden while significantly reducing water demand.
  • Use “Smart” irrigation controllers to more efficiently irrigate your garden.
  • Group plants according to water needs in a practice called “hydro-zoning."
  • Use mulch to conserve water, moderate soil temperature and reduce weed growth; and compost to increase water retention, encourage healthy plant growth, and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.