Guide to Water Wise Landscaping
Water Use Efficiency
Western is very pleased to provide a handy and informative resource - The Guide to Landscape Water Conservation in Western Riverside County. Within the booklet's 20 pages, you’ll discover tips on water-efficient landscaping and details about many of the plants you’ll find in the garden.
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Pick up your free copy of Landscapes Southern California Style at Western's one-acre water conservation education garden. The garden is open seven days a week, except major holidays, and is free. Garden is located at:
450 E. Alessandro Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92508
Creating Your Own Water Wise Landscape
By following the basic principles of water-wise landscaping, you will arrive at beautiful landscape solutions that work in the Southern California climate:
- Group plants with similar water needs. Maximize the use of low-water-use plants, especially in sunny, dry and windy areas. Thirstier plants should be used sparingly and planted close to the house in either shady areas or containers.
- Improve the texture of the soil, if needed, by adding amendments. Amendments can either increase water retention or improve drainage, depending on the soil composition.
- Install the proper irrigation, and do not over water! Conventional sprinklers are best for turf, while low-volume irrigation, such as drip, is best for trees, shrubs and perennials.
- Limit non-functional turf.
- Plant trees to lower air and soil temperatures. This reduces plant and soil moisture loss.
- Use a thick layer of mulch around your plants to help the soil retain moisture. Mulch also inhibits weeds.
- Use low, spreading shrubs and trees to cover large slopes rather than shallow-rooted ground-covers. Minimize water runoff with drip irrigation.