UCCE Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County
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UCCE Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County

Water-Wise Gardening

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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.

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.

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