Take advantage of these great tips for a water-wise landscape! Get more information from The California Garden Web for water-saving edible gardens, tree care during times of drought and much more.
Water-saving Plant Tips:
- Remove plants in crowded beds or low-priority plants competing for soil moisture
- Mulch, mulch, mulch!
- 3 to 4" layer reduces water evaporation and weeds
- Protects roots from heat
- Reduces weeds who compete for water
- Avoid heavy pruning
- Do not overuse fertilizers, which increase growth and water demands
- Infrequent deep watering encourages deeper root growth, and results in plants with greater drought tolerance
- Use a drip irrigation system, grouping plants with similar water needs together on one drip irrigation line
Water-saving Lawn Tips:
- Select water efficient varieties suited for your local climate
- Replace nonessential turf with ground covers, mulches, decks and walkways
- Adjust irrigation schedule monthly - to reflect seasonal changes
- Water at night, ideally between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., this reduces evaporation and wind will not be strong enough to interfere with sprinkler patterns
- Mow lawns higher during very warm weather
- Helps reduce growth rate
- Protects lawn from sunburn
- Promotes deeper root growth
- Shades soil, reduces weeds
California's drought is serious! You've come to the right place for up-to-date drought information from University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources academics working in this area.
- Click here to view Janet Hartin's talk on landscaping and gardening under drought and water limitations presented at the statewide Master Gardener Conference in October, 2014. Hartin Oct. 9, 2014 - Statewide MG Conference Talk
- Click here to download Janet Hartin and Ben Faber's most recent drought publications:
- Drought tips to keep landscape plants alive: Drought Landscape Recommendations, Hartin and Faber
- Use of graywater in the landscape: Drought, Graywater, Hartin and Faber, Oct. 2014
Contact a UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer in San Bernardino County for more help in your own backyard and landscape! See Ask a Master Gardener for more information.