Monday, March 30, 2009

Water-Wise Tip: Plant Your Water-Wise Garden

Recent storms have brought some much-needed rain and snow; however, California is still in drought conditions. The Contra Costa Water District offers its weekly tips on using water wisely.

It's spring and time to get out in the garden. But wait, California is in a drought. Bay Area water agencies request their customers conserve water this summer and some may impose restrictions. So how can you get out in the garden and still save water? Here are a few ideas:

  • Replace one of your lawns with a beautiful water-wise garden. Lawns typically use more than twice the water that common landscape plants require. Look here for the Contra Costa Water District for a free water-wise garden CD-ROM.

  • Weed your garden so your plants don't have to compete for water.

  • Add 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch to your planting areas.

    For more information and to learn more about other CCWD conservation programs, visit our Web site at or call 925-688-8320.

  • 1 comment:

    1. To add to the tips, here are some more:
      1) Plant California friendly plants like Island Alum Root, Natal Plum etc.
      2) Install smart sprinkler controller
      3)Routinely cultivate your soil, incorporating organic matter such as compost. Doing so improves the soil’s ability to resist evaporation and retain moisture.
      For more tips on water wise landscaping, refer to