On average, Californians use 30-60% of their water outdoors. Welcome to WaterSmart gardener, your go-to resource center outdoor tips to reduce water use.
Professional landscapers and customers with large landscapes should also visit our dedicated pages for Commercial Irrigation.
Reimagine Your Landscape
Browse through examples beautiful, lush and water-efficient gardens in your neighborhood and across California.
Here are some WaterSmart examples from homes around the Bay Area to get your gardening juices flowing!
Take a look at dozens of landscape transformations submitted during our first ever I ♥ My Garden Photo Challenge.
Tour beautiful, water-conserving native gardens throughout the East Bay every year on the first weekend of May.
All over California, people are re-imagining their landscapes. Find pictures and personal stories and videos about their experience.
Need to see it in person? Find beautiful low-water use gardens around our community.
Browse before and after photos from all over the West, and add a photo of your own to inspire others!
Create a water wise garden
Water Conservation provides tools and resources to help you create a water-efficient landscape at your home.
Get up to $2,000 to replace your thirsty-lawn, upgrade to efficient irrigation equipment, or reuse laundry water in the landscape.
Invest in a healthy, resilient garden by selecting water wise plants and shade trees that use little or no water once established.
Not sure where to start? The design center provides an overview of the process, including DIY sheet-mulching, planting, and watering.
Add a 3-inch layer of mulch to save water, beautify your garden, and build up your soil. Get a discount with our mulch coupons
Get an irrigation makeover, learn to adjust your controller, and more.
Find a Bay-Friendly certified landscape professional and resources for creating healthy, renewable landscapes.
Watershed wise landscapes are designed to hold on to rainwater and reduce the demand for supplemental irrigation.
Take care in your garden and landscape to reduce fuels, and when you start planting for your drought-tolerant garden, pick fire-resistant plants.
Grants are available for community organizations who create public gardens or urban farm projects that demonstrate water conserving principles.
WaterSense labeled products help you select for water-efficient products and a resource for helping you save water.
Save water and our trees. Keep your trees healthy and happy with this tree watering advice and for more tree resources.
Find outdoor water conservation tips here, whether you want a quick fix or are committed to long-term conservation.
ReScape California has resources for home gardeners and professionals, and a directory of landscape professionals.
Follow these best practices to maintain a healthy, drought-tolerant and low-maintenance landscape. Videos, seasonal tips for all levels.
Rebates, videos, tools - even a kids corner! - and testimonials on making water conservation a California lifestyle.
Make small adjustments to keep your lawn healthy using little or no pesticide. From University of California Agriculture Extension.