3 Powerful Water Saving Tips

Earning Water-Saving Rewards Can Be As Simple as 1, 2, 3

FormLA owners Kirk Aoyagi, a certified water manager, and Cassy Aoyagi, a LEED accredited professional, recommend the following water-conservation strategies:

Use Smart Irrigation Strategies

Reducing irrigation system leaks and over-watering can make a big difference in outdoor water consumption rates. Strategies for improving irrigation include:

  • Monitoring and maintaining existing systems, reducing water waste (and fines) associated with leaks
  • Watering at night or early in the morning to reduce evaporation and maximize root-zone absorption
  • Retrofitting older systems with weather-based controllers, rotators, and/or low flow irrigation devices
  • Avoiding hosing of patios – sweep instead
  • Creating enough irrigation system zones to service each plant community and microclimate effectively
  • Installing weather-based controllers to ensure appropriate watering for the time of year
  • Installing low-flow (drip) irrigation systems to maximize effective root zone watering and reduce evaporation
  • Installing sub-meters to save money on sewer rates

Enjoy a Lawn Alternative

Lawn-like alternatives that provide all the beauty and utility of a traditional lawn while requiring less maintenance and less water to thrive include:

  • IdealMow™ lawn alternatives, which look similar to traditional lawns and thrive on approximately 30-60 percent less water
  • Ground cover and joint lawn substitutes, which create visual interest with juxtaposing colors and textures
  • NoMow™ lawn substitutes that have a natural, meadow-like appearance thrive on 30-60 percent less water

Plant Native or Climate Compatible Foliage

Native gardens can be the most vibrant, lush and fragrant outdoor spaces in a community, particularly in low water years. We recommend:

  • Plant small natives, which require less water to become established
  • Mix plants from the world’s 5 compatible climate zones to create a look compatible with established architecture
  • Visit the City of Santa Monica’s Garden/Garden to compare a vibrant native garden with a high-water consumption traditional garden
  • Place plants with similar water needs in zones to facilitate effective irrigation
  • Visit the La Cañada public library to see, smell and touch examples of climate-compatible foliage

Earn Rewards

State and local rebates and grants encourage water-conservation and other sustainable landscaping practices. Activities eligible for rebates in many Los Angeles communities include:

  • Retrofitting spray nozzle sprinkler heads with pop-up spray heads
  • Replacing large rotary sprinklers with high-efficiency nozzle retrofits
  • Working with a certified sustainable landscape designer
  • Using climate-friendly plant materials
  • Installing weather-based irrigation controllers
  • Adding rain barrels and cisterns

Download the Water Conservation Tips PDF