Low-Water Landscape Tips

Photo of Double Shasta DaisyTips for successful low-water landscaping from Arizona-based Water Use It Wisely:

  • Use porous material for walkways and patios to prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard.
  • Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
  • Choose the right plants for our climate; plant species native to our region.
  • Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  • Plant in the spring and fall, when the watering requirements are lower.
  • Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along sidewalks and driveways.
  • Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.
  • Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
  • Use a layer of organic mulch on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money. Use 2 to 4 inches of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.
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Xeriscape Gardening

Discover ways to create a beautiful garden with minimal water waste using Xeriscape techniques.

Xeriscape It

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Water-Wise Lawn Tips

Lawns are thirsty. Read our water-saving tips if you're set on keeping grass in your landscape. Or consider switching to drought-tolerant turf, such as EcoLawn.

Lawn Tips

More Information:

Water Use It Wisely
Chelan-Douglas County Master Gardeners

We also recommend the helpful folks at Derby Canyon Natives who can answer your questions on native and drought-tolerant plants in between growing seedlings for local landscape restoration projects.