Saving Water in your Yard and Garden

Santa Cruz County is a state leader in water conservation.
These awesome local resources will help you save water in your yard and garden.


Landscape Design and
Plant Selection

Efficient Water Use

Landscape Certifications and
Certified Professionals

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Ready to reimagine your front yard? This guidebook provides a great overview of how to get started with replacing your existing landscaping with a strikingly beautiful and drought tolerant garden. Want to reuse your waste water? Learn how easy it is to install a Laundry-to-Landscape greywater system that reuses laundry water for trees, shrubs and planting beds. Doing a lot already? Get your landscape Certified as a Monterey Bay Friendly landscape that saves water, prevents pollution and provides habitat for local wildlife.
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Want to water less? Use this comprehensive photo database to choose drought thriving, California native plants, flowers, grass alternatives, shrubs, and trees for your garden. Ready to make rainwater do more for you? Learn how to capture and bank rainwater on your site to water your landscape and prevent stormwater pollution. Need some help? Hire a certified Green Gardener and know that you getting a professional who has been trained in the latest water conservation and pollution prevention practices.
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Looking for a new landscape design? Check out these ready made landscape design templates that incorporate native plants, minimize fertilizers, pesticides and water, and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Sick of hand watering? These in-depth irrigation system resources can help you design an efficient new system or fine tune your existing system. 


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Trying to cut down on watering your vegetable garden? The folks at the UCSC Farm & Garden have these water conservation techniques to share with you.


Total Gallons Pledged

Together, since July 1 2015 we have committed to conserving 9205665 gallons of water a year. Your pledge will help us reach our goal of saving 7 million gallons this year, or maybe as much as the 9.6 million in pledges last year that blew our goal out of the water!

Take The Pledge To Save Water

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