Less water More garden | Desert Botanical Garden

Do you know how much water is used and wasted with residential irrigation systems?

  • 70% of drinking (potable) water is used to water the landscapes.
  • 50% of water is wasted due to inefficient irrigation methods and systems.
  • 100 billion gallons of water can be saved by not over watering lawns and landscapes.

Water is a limited resource in the desert and is a vital part of the ecosystem. The role of water in a sustainable garden is to limit the landscape use of potable water. As a gardener, you can lead water conservation efforts and maintain water supply by implementing and promoting proper irrigation strategies.


Here are six changes you can make to make a difference:

  1. Install a smart irrigation controller
  2. Install a drip irrigation system if applicable
  3. Use native and desert-adapted plants in your landscape palette
  4. Collect rainwater for landscaping
  5. Change your controller’s watering schedule by season
  6. Repair and maintain your irrigation system on a regular schedule

Applying the right amount of water to your desert plants is key to having a lasting landscape. Overwatering is a common mistake and can lead to other problems for your plants. Using the correct irrigation method will help you provide the proper amount of water while minimizing waste and allowing your plants to thrive.

How and when should I water my desert plants?

To visit desertlandscapeschool.org/ to access free watering videos from Desert Landscape School. Comprehensive and introductory courses are also available to help you choose the right irrigation method and plant palette for a beautiful low water landscape. Registration opens March 11.

What types of plants are best for my garden?

How about prickly pears or milkweed Signature of the garden line of plants? The garden uses plant material from the garden to propagate these plants which thrive in full sun and low water levels. A perfect addition to your sustainable garden. The Garden Shop has a limited number available for purchase, please visit or contact us at desertbotanicalstore@eventnetwork.com

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