Tips for Water-Efficient Landscaping

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If you or someone you know has a lawn, then this post could be an important resource for you. If you or someone you know has a lawn and lives in an area where there is a drought ... (California!!) ... then this post is DEFINITELY an important resource for you.

It's easy to take running water for granted sometimes. All we have to do is turn on the faucet and there it is, a beautiful stream of water, no questions asked. But then all of a sudden you can find yourself in the middle of a drought, and with that comes the reminder that water might not always come out when you turn the faucet.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Landscaping has plenty of important benefits. It improves air quality, traps and filters polutants out of rainwater, and lowers temperatures during the hot summer. Unfortunately, maintaining a large lawn with trees and plants often requires a lot of water. In California, 40% to 50% of residential water is used for landscaping. When water is scarce and you are using half of this precious resource on your plants, something needs to change. There are many ways to make your yard more water-efficient, and the time for change is now (especially if you live in California!). Here are four great guides to help you!

California's Department of Water Resources Guide to Water Efficient Landscapes 

EPA's Water-Smart Landscapes Guide 

A Homeowner's Guide to a Watersmart Landscape 

Fundamentals of Reducing Irrigation Costs This Summer

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