Drought Recommendations

Drought Recommendations from the California Landscape Contractors Association

Landscaping is an important part of any community, not only from the joy it brings, but the quality of life that it provides to humans and other species as well. Plants positively alter our environment, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, protect the land, provide us food, create oxygen and sustain life.  As our climate changes we need to protect our plants, adapt to our changing environment and make choices that benefit us all and preserve our future.

The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is pleased to offer some recommendations to help you make smart choices and protect the environment using your area's mandated water reductions. This advice can help your landscape survive this year's drought and help you prepare for predicted future water shortages.

Additional Information

For additional information about saving water, please visit the California Landscape Contractors Association.

You can also contact the California Landscape Contractors Association:
Barbara Landrith, Outreach Specialist
California Landscape Contractors Association
1491 River Park Dr
Number 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-830-2780
  1. Preparation for Drought

    View information on how to prepare for a drought and how to prepare for a drier future.

  2. Landscaping During a Drought

    View information on how to take care of your landscaping during a drought including how to water and take care of plants.

  3. Drought Tolerant Plants

    View a photo gallery of drought tolerant plants.

  4. Greywater System

    A form of a Greywater system is laundry to landscape. Wasterwater generated from your laundry, which can be recycled on-site for uses such as landscape irrigation.

  5. Plant of the Month

    View the Aliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC) plant of the month.

  6. Rancho Firehouse Water Smart Garden (PDF)

    View a PDF of the progress of the Rancho Fire Station water smart Garden.

  7. Water Saving Information

    In most parts of the country, about half of the public water supply is used to irrigate residential yards and gardens - and shallow roots make turf one of the thirstiest landscape features.