Most water use—and water waste—occurs outdoors.
Beautiful gardens and landscapes make an attractive setting for home, work, and play, but in areas such as Sacramento where Mother Nature provides an average 17 inches of rain a year and periodic droughts are the norm, traditional lawns and gardens require supplemental water (irrigation).
Fortunately, there is another way. Gardens can be beautiful and water-wise, if you know where to start. In this section, you will find information and resources about creating lovely gardens and landscapes that use water efficiently, including:
Selecting beautiful, easy-care plants
An interactive database with more than 1,800 plants
Tips for saving water outdoors
Seasonal information for using water wisely
Be sure to check out RWA's "Rules of Thumb for Water-Wise Gardening" to help you plan your next gardening project. You'll find many helpful tips and resources. Visit your local Water Efficient Landscape (WEL) Gardens for more ideas.
Lifetime Master Gardener Fred Hoffman is the host of the "KFBK Garden Show" on NewsTalk 1530 KFBK in Sacramento, California each Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by "Get Growing" on Talk 650 KSTE in Sacramento, 10 a.m. to Noon.