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General Gardening Information

Quick landscaping guides

Easy Guides

  • Are you a site manager or property manager and don't know where to start? The Pacific Institute offers this step-by-step guide for taking sustainable landscape projects from ideas to reality!
  • Ready to remove your lawn? Apply for the rebate and once approved, start with this comprehensive guide to Sheet Mulching.
  • Tree Care:
  • This City of San José Sustainable Landscaping Guide will help you make your garden more sustainable. How would you make this work in your own garden? This page offers visual guides and sustainable-landscaping gardens you can visit in San José for inspiration.

Native Plant and Master Gardeners

Lawn Resources

Graywater and Rainwater

A well-designed rainwater harvesting system, 865-gallon cistern in a residential backyard. (Source: Ecology Action 2015)

New Ways to Irrigate

Irrigation Information


Landscape Designs

Think of your property as a watershed with this guide
  • Don't know where to start? This guide can inspire you to install a vibrantly beautiful and sustainable landscape by thinking of your property as a watershed.
  • Design templates of water-wise gardens from the South Bay Green Gardens Work Group, which also provides resources for composting, rainwater harvesting (including rain barrels), stormwater pollution prevention, integrated pest management, climate-appropriate landscaping, and more!
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  • Looking to install beautiful, low-maintenance landscaping that won't burst your water budget? Get your project started with some ideas from San Jose Water Company.

Demonstration Gardens

A demonstration garden uses sustainable landscaping techniques, native plant species, water wise plants, and more to show you examples of what your own garden can transform into with a little planning and inspiration.

Nurseries and Irrigation Equipment Suppliers

Find Landscape Professionals

  • Landscape Professionals Lists 
    • Companies that have worked on at least 3 Landscape Rebate Program projects. This list of landscape design, construction, and maintenance companies is intended to help participants find landscape professionals that have had experience with the Landscape Rebate Program; it is not intended to be an endorsement of any one company. If you wish to be removed or added to this list, or have general questions, please contact our Water Conservation Hotline information provided at the bottom of this page.
    • List of certified landscape contractors that completed the California Landscape Contractors Association’s Certification Program
    • To hire a gardener trained in sustainable landscape maintenance practices, contact the Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Program.
  • Qualified Water Efficiency Landscapers (QWEL) List 
    Find a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper in your area. A certification program to educate landscape professionals and their customers on the benefits of effective landscape design, management and irrigation practices, QWEL landscapers are trained in water-wise landscape practices including plant selection, irrigation system design and water management. These QWEL graduates will help meet your landscape needs while keeping your outdoor water use in check. Want to know more about QWEL?
  • WaterSense Landscaper List
    WaterSense Program certified professionals for help finding locally-trained landscapers to help you reduce your water use and maximize the efficiency of your irrigation system.
  • Landscaper Leaderboard
    Local landscape contractors ranked by their water management skills. Independently developed by Waterfluence as part of the district’s Large Landscape Survey Program, this list ranks landscape companies according to how closely actual water use tracks to a site-specific landscape budget. Updated monthly, the sites are scored over the last 12 months relative to all other sites in the program. If you have questions about this list, contact Waterfluence

QUESTIONS? Call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or email us at [email protected].