Got Spring Fever?

We can help you get started on your WaterSmart landscape!
March 24, 2014

Spring is here and that means it's a great time to get started on your WaterSmart landscape.

Being WaterSmart means recognizing that San Diego is one of only a handful of places in the country where you can enjoy indoor-outdoor living year round, and that you should plant a water-efficient garden to do it in. Being WaterSmart means spending less on water and more on life, and it means finding new friends among the gardeners you meet at the nursery and the neighbors who ask about your new plants.

Wondering how to get started? Here are a few of the Water Authority's programs, events and resources.

Garden Friendly Plant Fairs

The San Diego County Water Authority and several member agencies have teamed with The Home Depot to offer significant savings at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs this spring.

During the plant fairs, specially marked containers of low-water-use plants such as lavender, bougainvillea, society garlic and rosemary will be discounted at select The Home Depot stores. Industry experts will be at the plant fairs to provide information about water-efficient irrigation supplies, and how to select and grow low-water-use plants.  The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will be on-hand with information about water conservation programs and services. In addition, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) representatives will attend the events to highlight programs, services and tools that help save energy and money.

Click here to see plant fair dates and locations.

eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

Our eGuide is your digital go-to resource for living water-efficiently in San Diego County. In addition to indoor water saving tips, this eGuide will walk you through the planning, installation and maintenance of a WaterSmart landscape. With the click of a mouse, users can surf the guide and other helpful sites to learn where to take landscape classes, what websites will help them research a product or find the perfect plant, how much water they use, when to irrigate, what plant zone they live in, who to hire, how much mulch is needed and more.

Resources include:

  • inspirational plant and garden photos
  • helpful videos
  • plant finders
  • interactive maps
  • animated graphics
  • home & garden calculators
  • design tools
  • and so much more!

Click here to open our eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle.

Turf Replacement Program

Turf Replacement Program

The Water Authority’s WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program offers an incentive of $1.50 per square foot to eligible customers who replace existing water-intensive turf grass with water-efficient landscaping. Customers may receive up to $3,000 for residential properties and up to $9,000 for commercial properties. This program is funded by grants from the California Department of Water Resources and the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Incentives will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the grant funds are gone. Pre-existing turf removal/replacement projects are not eligible.

For full program requirements, landscape criteria and other details, visit WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program.

California Friendly Landscape Training Classes

A more attractive and water-efficient yard sounds enticing, doesn't it? Need more inspiration? Then sign up for a FREE California Friendly Landscape Class!

California Friendly Landscape Training

The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are partnering with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer free training classes on WaterSmart landscaping. The classes introduce a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency.

The three-hour seminars are fast-paced and informative. They offer solutions to common landscape problems. Participants will learn to think about landscapes from the soil up. In addition, they will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in the San Diego climate. Class topics will include how to make the best use of the region’s limited rainfall, irrigate efficiently and choose the best plants for each yard.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here for class dates and locations in your area.

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series

This FREE series is designed to provide homeowners with a comprehensive overview and the basic skills necessary for the successful conversion of their traditional turf yard into a WaterSmart landscape. This educational series provides an opportunity for hands-on learning through modules designed to walk participants through key competencies necessary for a successful landscape retrofit. After completing the series all participants will have a landscape design that is ready for implementation.

The four classes in the series are held over a two-month period at the same location. Locations are available throughout San Diego County. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to find out more about these classes, including dates and locations near you.


Residential WaterSmart Checkup

WaterSmart Checkups include free, site-specific water-saving recommendations from certified irrigation professionals. Homeowners and property managers can use the no-obligation assessment to decide if and when to make changes. Participation is limited. Checkups are available to owners and managers of commercial, multi-family, industrial, public or single-family properties.

Click here for more information.