Embrace WaterSmart Living

These helpful Guides and Surveys will assist with a wide array of topics including: efficient irrigation, water wise plants, landscape design, healthy soil, finding and fixing leaks, landscape maintenance and more.

Nifty 50 Plant Guide

Enhance your garden with WaterSmart plants that reflect the beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. The Nifty 50 plants are attractive, non-invasive, easy to maintain, long-term performers and are water-wise once established. You can find them at local nurseries.

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Homeowner’s WaterSmart Guide

This full-color, magazine-style guide  provides homeowners with a  variety of tools and ideas for starting and maintaining low-water-use yards. It covers everything from plant selection and placement to budgeting for landscape retrofits.

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Sustainable Landscaping Guide

Photos, diagrams and checklists for following sustainable landscaping principles including: climate-appropriate plants, high-efficiency irrigation equipment, rainwater capture and detention features, and soil amendments to improve water efficiency.

Water Use Surveys

A Water Use Survey is your opportunity to receive free site-specific water-saving recommendations. You’ll benefit from the perspective of our certified irrigation professionals. And you decide if and when to implement the suggestions.

More Landscaping Resources

Landscape Guidebooks

Landscape Makeover Videos