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
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.
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.
Are you watering too much? To find out, visit:
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:
Tips to Help You Conserve Water
- 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
- Apply 3” to 4” of mulch to your soil to reduce evaporation and runoff. For free mulch, visit lacitysan.org/srpcd/mulch_giveaway
- Check out the City’s flyers on “Caring for your Lawn”, “Water Conservation Tips”, and more!
- To learn more about how much to water, drought tolerant plants, and rebates, water and irrigation, visit www.BeWaterWise.com
- Tips to water your lawn efficiently (download flyer).
Water Wise Workshops
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.
There are many beautiful, local gardens to visit to see the plants growing free in the earth. Check them out and envision the plants thriving in your own landscape:
- Arroyo Woodland and Wildlife Nature Park, South Pasadena
- South Pasadena Community Garden, South Pasadena
- 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