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how to garden in a drought flyerwater-wise plants & shade trees water-wise plants use little or no water once established. shade trees help keep plants cool and less thirsty. California is in a drought and that means that we need to be careful with every drop of water that we use, particularly outdoors. here’s a guide to how to help your landscape survive the drought. How to Garden in a drought reCyCle indoor water outdoors! recycle water you are using indoors by capturing what otherwise might go down the drain and use it on plants. Can i plant? Check with your local water agency and if you can water at least two times a week, you can plant water-wise plants and shade trees. this is not the time to install new lawn or thirsty, non- California friendly plants. prioritize your landsCape use MulCh there are many benefits using mulch in your landscape. Get effiCient introduce drip irrigation retain Moisture less watering needed and grow healthier plants. Moderates teMperature Cool soil in the summer and warm soil in the winter. deCoMposes nutrients enrich soil and better soil quality. disCouraGe weeds Keep weeds away and reduce maintenance. put a bucket in your shower use cooled cooking water wash your fruits & veggies over a bucket keep a pitcher next to the sink and empty water glasses in it invest in a smart controller redirect downspouts to capture rainwater and direct it to garden areas water less frequently, but longer and close to plant roots veGetables & fruits Get priority they help feed your family. thirsty plants – lawn, hiGh-water- use & Container plantsthese plants are the lowest on the priority list. if you have to cut back, start here. 1 2 3 N2 Mg K+ H2O P for more tips on reducing water use, visit saveourh2o.org!follow us