Successful sustainable landscaping is a click away for Fallbrook, Rainbow customers

SAN DIEGO – Whether their landscaping is a few square feet next to a porch or a piece of land, thousands of San Diego Counties have learned to consider sustainability a central principle in how their landscapes are designed and renovated. The San Diego County Water Authority provides financial incentives and educational resources for customers in Fallbrook and Rainbow to improve their landscaping.

In fact, since 2010, the Water Board has raised more than $ 8 million in grants to provide free services, offer WaterSmart landscaping courses, and incentives to purchase to San Diego Counties, including those in the Fallbrook and Rainbow Service Areas and the installation of drought tolerant plants that help beautify and sustain communities.

“After living in Fallbrook for a while, I realized that the green grassland needed to be replaced to save water,” said Adriana Monteiro, a Fallbrook resident. “But after doing an irrigation study and taking the landscaping courses, I could never have imagined the joy I get when I look at our front yard or when we drive to the house. The energy and water savings along with those of the water authority classes and resources are the gifts that keep giving. “

Landscaping irrigation is among the highest water uses for most homeowners, and improvements can help them save money on their water bills in the long run.

Treating any garden, regardless of size, as its own mini watershed allows it to trap and hold back water to cultivate a diverse habitat of plants and helpful insects.

Watersmart Living saves money, but also creates lively courtyards, reduces energy consumption, protects natural resources and reduces the maintenance of the landscape. This can improve the property values. It also creates a common sense of how to use the water supply.

Which elements should be considered when approaching your own landscape?

Healthy, living soils that are rich in organic matter feed a complex food web of the soil. The soil holds water like a sponge and contains nutrients for optimal plant health.

Lots of beautiful ground cover, shrubs, and trees are compatible with San Diego’s mild Mediterranean climate. These plants use less water and display different colors, textures and shapes with endless design options.

Sustainable landscapes make the most of precipitation. By slowing the flow of water off roofs and hard surfaces, it can be caught and sink into the ground or saved for later use.

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Fallbrook-based Adriana Monteiro was inspired to replace her grassy front yard (first photo) with sustainable, water-efficient landscaping. The second photo was created thanks to landscape remodeling courses and resources offered by the San Diego County Water Authority.

Your irrigation can maximize water use efficiency through intelligent controls to automatically adjust the water to changing weather conditions and powerful distribution components to regulate pressure and fine-tune the water supply to meet the needs of your landscaping crops.

The four principles of successful sustainable landscaping are on display at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. The garden is open to the public and contains information boards that introduce visitors to important principles of sustainable landscaping and certain types of plants that grow successfully in the region’s climate. Many are natives of Southern California. Be sure to visit the garden’s website at for the latest information on opening times and safety precautions before planning your trip to the garden.

Additional resources such as the Sustainable Landscapes Program Guide can be found at Landscaping upgrade information and resources, including WaterSmart landscaping classes, are available at

Submitted by the San Diego County Water Authority.

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