Learn more about the world of water-wise landscaping.
Create a design and select plants that will save water and beautify
- WaterSmartSD – Find even more resources, like landscape design templates you can adapt for your yard, advice on turf removal strategies, and educational offerings to help you plan your project and get a Waterscape rebate.
- Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape — San Diego County Water Authority – A Step by Step process for creating your sustainable landscape.
- Calscape Garden Planner – Find the perfect native plants for your garden with just 4 questions!
- California Native Plant Society-San Diego Chapter – Find out where to buy native plants.
- California Native Plants – bewaterwise.com – Learn about the benefits of native plants in California.
- San Diego Planting Guide- bewaterwise.com – A native planting guide and templates for San Diego residents!
- Sustainable Landscape Guide- San Diego County Water Authority – A comprehensive guide to San Diego sustainable landscapes.
Get tips and resources to help you capture rain and use it in your yard:
Education and Assistance: Take advantage of these FREE classes and professional help with your project:
- Three-Hour Workshops – San Diego County Water Authority – These classes are taught by professionals and offer a guided, do it yourself approach.
Permeable Pavement: Find contractors to help with your project:
- Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Self Serve Portal (icpi.org) – Find an ICPI certified contractor.
Read about the basics of irrigation, and how you can use smarter
techniques to reduce your water use.
- Irrigation Runoff - County of San Diego - This page discusses why irrigation runoff is prohibited and ways to mitigate runoff from leaving your property.
- Landscape Watering Calculator — City of San Diego – This tool helps you to estimate the right watering schedule for your garden.
- California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) — California Dept. of Water Resources – CIMIS is a network of over 140 automated active weather stations in California, who produce reports for irrigators to use for more efficient water management.
- Septic System Training Resources - County of San Diego - A comprehensive guide that discusses how your septic system functions, how your system relates to water quality, ways to prevent failures and how to address failures.
- Homeowners’ Guide to Septic Systems – EPA