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Garden of the Month – April

California Friendly® Landscape Maintenance Guide
This book has been written for every landscaper, gardener and land manager in Southern California.

Sustainable Landscapes
Check out the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s tips for landscaping ideas.

15 Water Conservation Facts
See our infographic of money-saving tips during this unprecedented drought.

Convert Sprinklers to Drip
Drip conversion saves up to 50-80 percent of water while giving your plants the water they need.

Eliminate Water Runoff
View videos on irrigation troubleshooting and how to adjust your home sprinklers.

Quick Tips for a California Friendly℠ Garden
Make smart choices about sprinklers, plants and maintenance.

Gardening in a Drought
Learn how to help your landscape survive the drought.

Watering Tools

Watering Index

Guide your watering schedule based on the weather. Learn more about the watering index.

Encourage others to use water more efficiently by adding the Watering Index to your Website.

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Animated before and after

Animated before and after

Animated before and after

Go and Learn

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Local Plant Nurseries
Purchase native and California Friendly℠ plants.

California Friendly℠ Gardens
Visit gardens near you.

California Friendly℠ Landscape
and Gardening Classes

Take classes online or in your community.


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H2Love 2017 Advertising Campaign
Check out Metropolitan’s conservation campaign and download collateral material related to the campaign.

Conservation Materials
See a full list of Metropolitan’s conservation fact sheets.  Multilingual languages are also available here.

50 Favorites for California Friendly℠ Landscapes
View a list of the tried and true Favorite 50.

Top 10 California Friendly℠ Plants
View the latest brochure.

Use a new gardening app.

Beginning Tips
Begin your California Friendly℠ garden makeover.

California Friendly℠ Gardening Guide
Choose from 1,500 plants in our plant selection database.

Water-Wise Gardening Guides
Explore beautiful gardens and plant ideas.

Sprinklers 101
Learn more about water-efficient irrigation

Watering Your Trees
Keep your trees healthy during the drought.

Slow the Flow
Learn how to make your garden a sponge for rainwater.

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Home & Garden Tips
A California Friendly℠ garden offers a less thirsty, more environmentally friendly and eye-catching way to save water.  The good news is that saving water―both indoor and outdoor―doesn’t have to mean inconvenience if you are thoughtful and use only what you need.  Below you’ll find our collection of easy tips and tasks you can do to make your home & garden even more water efficient.

Compost and Mulch
Fire-wise Landscaping
Getting Ready for Winter
Graywater for Orchards

A conversation with Armstrong Garden Centers on how to save water in your garden by using a layer of mulch.

Native Plantings – Getting Ready for Planting Season
Native Plants Sales and Installation
Rainbarrel Management
Sunburn and Tree Painting

A conversation with Armstrong Garden Centers on how to create healthy soil in your garden.