Water conservation is essential to our future in drought-stricken Southern
California. Landscaping consumes 70% of household water use, according to some
estimates. But this can be significantly reduced with water-efficient landscaping.
Water-efficient landscaping goes well beyond cacti. There are many varieties of
water friendly plants that are just as lush, colorful and fragrant as water-intensive
landscaping. Some plants to consider are California Native or California Friendly
plants. California Native plants are indigenous to the region and grow naturally here.
California Friendly plants are not native to California but thrive in our Mediterranean
climate. Once these plants are established, they require little to no irrigation or
fertilization and are resistant to most pests and insects, making them great choices
for water-efficient landscapes.
If you’re ready for a complete transformation, be sure to consider the layout
of the area, plant selection, soil preparation, and the irrigation system. You should
check your irrigation system regularly for leaks or broken parts; you should also aerate
your lawn and mulch your plant beds to maximize water absorption.
Consult your local water agency or contact a water-efficient landscaper for more
information on water-efficient landscaping and available rebates.
Temperature Climate Zones
Landscape Guide by Coachella Valley Water District
Plant lists by Lake Arrowhead Community Services District
Establishing a Waste- Efficient Landscape