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Outdoor Water Conservation Education

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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

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South Pasadena’s trees are suffering from the drought! To help keep your trees alive and healthy, please water them (think about the cost to replace them). Below are some guidelines to help you determine when, where and how much to water. (download handy flyer)

• Water every one to four weeks around the drip-line of the tree (the outer canopy of the leaves).
• Water slowly for hours with a traditional hose or coil a soaker hose around the tree allowing water to seep out through its tiny pores.
• Make sure the water gets into the soil at least two feet. Tree watering stakes are helpful (available at local hardware stores).
• Create a moat at the root zone to hold the water and reduce runoff (move mote area out as tree grows).
• One to two deep waterings are much better than many shallow waterings.
• Place 3” to 4” of mulch around the tree (keep it away from the tree trunk). The tree’s leaves are great mulch!
• Remove grass from around the tree so there is no competition for water.

For more tips, download this handy Tree Watering flyer.

Plant Information 
Learn about the various water wise (aka: drought tolerant) plants that can beautify 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.

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