Water Wise Landscaping

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Water Wise Landscaping

Tips to Help You Conserve Water 

  1. Rebates available www.SoCalWaterSmart.com for: Premium high efficiency toilets, washers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rain barrels and cisterns 
  2. Apply 3” to 4” of mulch to your soil to reduce evaporation and runoff. For free mulch, visit lacitysan.org/srpcd/mulch_giveaway
  3. Check out the City’s flyers on “Caring for your Lawn”, “Water Conservation Tips”, and more! 
  4. To learn more about how much to water, drought tolerant plants, and rebates, water and irrigation, visit www.BeWaterWise.com 
  5. Tips to water your lawn efficiently (download flyer).

Water Wise Workshops  

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To help residents use water more efficiently, the City of South Pasadena continually offers a variety water wise workshops. 

Check back for information on our Fall Workshop.

Why Have a Water Wise Landscape?

A beautiful landscape does not have to be just grass anymore. Residents and businesses are opting for landscapes that are more colorful, interesting, low maintenance and water wise. These attractive landscapes create habitat for wonderful wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies and reduce or eliminate runoff and the need for fertilizers, chemicals and constant maintenance.

Irrigation Information
 -   Are you watering too much?  To find out, visit: 
 -   Do you know how to set your controller?  To learn more, watch a video like:    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUoir-wk2Yc   or
-   Do you adjust your irrigation controller with the changing weather?  Consider a new Weather Based Irrigation Controller (WBIC), that automatically does the adjusting for you.  For rebate information, visit: http://socalwatersmart.com/index.php
-   Are your sprinkler heads causing misting or throwing too much water too fast?  Consider rotating sprinkler heads that water more efficiently.  For rebate information, visit:

Plant Information
Learn about the various water wise (aka: drought tolerant) plants that can beauBilbergia Nutanstify your landscape.

Invasive Plant Species - A list of plants to avoid.
The Plant Spot - A section on BeWaterWise.com that provides detailed information on plants that will flourish in your landscape.
Water Smart Landscaping Guide - A program that details a vareity of plants which can be seen in a garden setting. 
Las Pilitas - Extensive information on native plants 
Theodore Payne - Information on native plants
El Nativo Growers - Information on water wise plants

Working with West Coast Arborist (the City's arborist), staff created a helpful tree care flyer, that includes some watering tips, which is available here. Tree People created a flyer on how to keep trees alive during a drought, which can be found here.

Gardens to Visit
There are many beautiful, local gardens to visit to see the plants growArlington Gardening free in the earth. Check them out and envision the plants thriving in your own landscape.
Arlington Garden, Pasadena
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont
South Coast Botanical Garden, Palos Verdes
Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Sun Valley


Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Large, new landscapes must follow water efficient guidelines detailed in the City's Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #2242.  For more details, click here.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Lady Bug

IPM is a comprehensive approach to solving pest problems that focuses on the big picture. Instead of simply trying to eliminate a pest, IPM involves changing factors that favor pests, while using safer, less-toxic methods that are effective and environmentally sound.

Correct IPM Bad Bugpest identification is key, as is keeping an eye on your garden on a regular basis to observe any damage or problems before they get out of hand. See the
attached sheet for a list of easy IPM approaches. For more information, visit the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources website.  


“Bee” Careful With Bug Sprays
Do you like bees? More importantly, do you like food? We depend on bees to pollinateBee with Flower hundreds of fruits, vegetables, and oilseeds. Many plants would not produce a food source for us without the ingenuity of our hard working bees. To United States agriculture alone, the annual value of honey bee pollination can be counted in billions of dollars. Bees pollinate about one-sixth of the world's flowering plant species and some 400 of its agricultural plants.

“Bee” careful when using pesticides around your house to kill ants, spiders and other bugs. Bees are just as susceptible to all-purpose bug sprays. Spray drift can actually carry toxins clear around the block. Sprays that run into an active sprinkler can be carried into the sewer. Downstream, those powerful toxins can kill fish that never harmed anybody’s lawn. And remember, some of those little “bugs” are actually beneficial to your garden.

Removing a Bee Hive Safely
There are several groups and companies in the Los Angeles area, such as Backwards Beekeepers, that will relocate your hive.  For more information, click here.

Avoid using chemicals and sprays with harmful ingredients. Remember to use Integrated Pest Management techniques whenever possible (see IPM information above).

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