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Drought-tolerant landscaping

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Succulent massings at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

Are you interested in drought-tolerant landscaping but you don't know where to start? One of the outcomes of several periods of prolonged drought over the past 30 years is a regional committment to water conservation. Drought-tolerant, or sustainable, landscaping practices use plants that are well adapted to hot and dry climates, while incorporating efficient irrigation, smart irrigation controllers, mulch (water retention) and maintenance/pruning practices.  Please reference the links below for educational materials, garden tours, classes and rebates.   

Online Water Conservation Resources  

San Diego County Water Authority's "WaterSmart" website (educational materials, free design class offerings):

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California "bewaterwise" website:

California Water Efficiency Partnership Design Handbook

Water Conservation Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden

Mira Costa College Horticulture Department

2020 Landscape Contest

Do you want to show off your drought tolerant garden?  Is so, please consider entering the San Diego County-wide 2020 Landscape Contest.  FPUD will host a webpage for submissions within our service area.  This page will be activated in the fall of 2019. The winner from FPUD's service area will win an additional $250 prize.  More information will be posted on this page later this year.  If you have any questions, please contact Mick Cothran at (760) 999-2721 or (redacted) or Noélle Denke at (760) 999-2706 or (redacted).

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Ramona lilac growing wild near the Santa Margarita River