How-To Guides

  1. How to Get Started – California Friendly Garden

    Wondering how to get started to make your garden more California Friendly® ? You don’t have to do a major renovation. Here are some ideas that will save water, improve plant health, and reduce run-off – all California Friendly® .

  2. How to Select California Friendly Plants Video

    Dr. Darren Haver explains how to select beautiful California-friendly, drought-tolerant plants for your landscape.

  3. How to Adjust Your Sprinklers at Home Video

    Learn how to save water and eliminate runoff by adjusting your sprinklers at home.

  4. How to Eliminate Runoff from Your Sprinklers Video

    Learn how to save water and eliminate runoff by adjusting your sprinklers at home.

  5. How to Choose Weather Based Irrigation Controller

    A smart sprinkler controller automatically adjusts irrigation schedules in response to changing weather conditions. It monitors information such as rain, wind, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, the amount of time it takes for water to evaporate and plant type to calculate the amount of water needed to keep plants healthy.

  6. How to Choose Water-Efficient Sprinkler Nozzles

    The latest innovation in sprinkler technology are nozzles that turn a standard pop-up spray head into a precision device that can save water in your landscape. In addition, water jetting from these nozzles is more resistant to wind, less likely to mist, and significantly reduces run-off onto streets and sidewalks.

  7. How to Choose a Water-Efficient Clothes Washer

    A simple rule of thumb is to look for a front-loading washer instead of a typical top-loading one. rontloading washers use about half of the water to wash a full load of laundry, compared to traditional toploaders.

  8. How to Save Water Outdoors and Indoors

    Up to 70% of your annual water use is outside your home … watering your lawn and garden, and keeping your property clean. Landscaping with native and drought-tolerant plants, and following these simple tips will help you use water more efficiently and save money on your water bill.