Are you a homeowner in Sonoma County? Then there is good news! In as little as two weeks, your yard can be transformed from a boring lawn to an amazing year-round landscape. During our state’s current water shortage, it is important that we all do our part to conserve water. Thankfully, our job has the ability to make a serious impact on the amount of water we use especially in high-use months. A drought tolerant landscape has two main factors that need to be addressed before you have a true low-water, low-maintenance landscape. The first thing to be addressed is how and when you water. Drip irrigation is an important part of any drought tolerant landscape, and delivering water only to the plants you want to receive it is the most critical part of saving water. We recommend that you use the appropriate emitters in your drip system to moderate how much water goes to plants varying on size and water consumption, as well as having your irrigation water at night to decrease the amount of water lost to evaporation. Plant material is the next portion of saving water. Drought tolerant and native plants increase wildlife and bring some color to your yard while promoting the perfect habitat for the benefit of animals. While not only less dependent on watering, drought tolerant plants are generally hardier and able to survive with little to no maintenance, leaving you to enjoy your landscape worry free. You can achieve beautiful landscapes full of colors and fragrances with plants that survive on a fraction of the water. Drought tolerant landscapes are an amazing way to save water, but you may not know that they will also save money. Water is expensive and cutting your use in half will help to reduce bills. Low maintenance is also a large part of saving money. You are left to enjoy your yard without the weekly maintenance crew or monthly bill.