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Drought Tolerant Landscapes

Drought-Tolerant landscapes are an easy way to reduce your landscape maintenance needs and your household water consumption. PWP's Drought Tolerant Landscapes page provides you with resources to help you transform your turf into water-efficient and California-friendly landscapes:

TURF REMOVAL PROGRAM 

PWP and SoCal Water$mart have provided a turf removal incentive for our customers: Receive $0.60 per sq. ft. for residential properties, and $0.30 per sq. ft. for commercial properties. The maximum rebate for both PWP residential and commercial customers of $500. To learn more about the program, please visit the SoCal Water$mart Turf Removal page.

FREE MULCH PROGRAM 

The Pasadena Public Works Department offers free water-saving mulch to Pasadena residents. New loads of mulch will be available each year from February to November. Visit the Mulch Recycling page for this year's pickup schedule.

NO-COST DROUGHT LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION FOR INCOME-QUALIFIED CUSTOMERS

PWP will work with contractors to survey your home's existing landscape, create a preliminary design of a drought-tolerant and water-efficient landscape, remove the turf, replace spray irrigation with drip irrigation, and install native plants and mulch in your home at no cost. To apply for this program, please email our Water Conservation team at: water@cityofpasadena.net.

SKYDROP PROGRAM  

PWP is looking for high water users with a planted grass landscape for its Smart Controller Pilot Program. Participation in the program will help PWP determine the effectiveness of a smart controller in reducing water use. Visit the Skydrop Program page for program details.

5 STEPS TO CREATING A DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPE (PDF)

  1.  How Much Turf to Remove   
  2.  Methods of Removing Grass  
  3.  Landscape Design Plans  
  4.  Modifying the Irrigation 
  5.  Maintaining Your Landscape  

DROUGHT TOLERANT DESIGN IDEAS

Pasadena's Landscaping Guide - Interactive garden design, sample garden tours, drought-tolerant plant information, and much more.

Front Garden Landscape Plan

Bungalow-Southwest Style 
Ranch-English Style  

Parkway Landscape Plan
Here are some design ideas for drought tolerant parkway landscapes. Click on the Drought Tolerant Parkway Landscape links above each picture to open the landscape design plan. 
 
Need more help with your project? Email us at: rsoloyan@cityofpasadena.net 
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