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Outdoor water use accounts for up to half of all water used in the summer. Using water-efficient irrigation and landscaping helps create beautiful landscaping, while managing water resources wisely. Saving water also saves you money. 

Water Use Surveys

Home gardens: Let Marin Water’s water conservation experts provide a free outdoor water use consultation of your home garden.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be conducting site visits. Contact our water efficiency team at 415.945.1523 to discuss no-contact options.

Marin-Friendly Garden Walk

Receive a free residential garden evaluation from a Marin Master Gardener and get water-wise tips for a beautiful, healthy landscape. Visit the Marin Master Gardeners' website to learn more. Call 415.473.4204 to schedule.

Weekly Watering Schedule

Not sure how much water your garden needs? Use our Weekly Watering Schedule as a guide.

Water Conservation Requirements

Planning a landscape project? Find information on current requirements at this page.

Garden Inspiration

Take a look at our Watershed Approach to Landscaping handbook for inspiration and information to help you design and maintain your water-wise garden.

Water-Wise Plants

Whether you choose native plants or imports, make sure you select plants that are compatible with Marin's Mediterranean climate. Mediterranean plants require warm, dry summers and receive most of their moisture during the winters. Our Watershed Approach to Landscaping handbook provides a list of more than 110 water-wise plants, landscape design tips, gardening how-to, local nurseries and other resources for Marin Water customers. The Marin Master Gardeners Plant Guide and the California Native Plant Society's Calscape websites are also great resources for water-wise plants.

Avoid Invasive & Fire-Prone Plants

When selecting plants for your landscape, there are many factors that should be considered in addition to water conservation, including avoiding invasive plants and reducing fire hazards. Invasive plants introduced into local landscapes often end up invading surrounding natural areas, choking out natural plant communities and sometimes creating fire hazards. For more information on plants to avoid, visit the California Invasive Plant Council's website. The PlantRight website offers recommendations for beautiful, climate-appropriate alternatives in place of common invasives.

With regard to fire safety, some plants are more fire-prone than others. Check with your local fire department for information before selecting plants for your landscape. In addition, use online resources, such as FIRESafe Marin, to learn how to reduce landscape fire hazards.

For Professional Landscapers

Add value to your services by providing clients with information on the most up to date water conservation practices and technologies. Marin Water can help. Click here for information on training opportunities and other resources.