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General Gardening Information


  • For a comprehensive guide to the Sheet Mulching process, click here.
  • Tree Care:
  • This City of San Jose Sustainable Landscaping Guide will help you make your garden more sustainable.
  • Thinking of artificial turf? Although artificial turf is appropriate for some properties and uses less water than natural turf, the district’s artificial turf information sheet may help encourage you to choose low water-using landscapes that can effectively promote biodiversity and help fight climate change instead.

Native Plant and Master Gardeners

  • Receive advice and resources on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices from Santa Clara County's UC Master Gardeners.
  • Promote native plant species biodiversity within your landscape, and learn about the natural ecosystems of Santa Clara Valley: California Native Plant Society.

Lawn Care


Graywater and Rainwater

New Ways to Irrigate

  • Send laundry water to your landscape instead of the sewer with graywater.
  • Put Rainwater to good use! For information about harvesting and using rainwater, please click here. For more detailed information, click here.

Irrigation Information


Landscape Designs

  • Check out this Photo Gallery of completed Landscape Conversion projects:

    Landscape Gallery

  • The South Bay Green Gardens Work Group provides a compilation of resources on water conservation, composting, integrated pest management, stormwater pollution prevention, climate appropriate landscaping, and additional resources including beautiful water-wise garden design templates
  • Looking to install beautiful, low-maintenance landscaping that won't burst your water budget? Just click here for some ideas from San Jose Water Company to get your started.
  • The California Water Efficiency Partnership provides design templates and more!

Demonstration Gardens

  • Water-efficient demonstration gardens are wonderful sources of inspiration and practical information. All are open to the public at no cost.
    • Come take a walk around the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Demonstration Garden and get inspired. For more information and an interactive map, click here.
    • Click here for an interactive map of Demonstration Gardens in Santa Clara County.
  • The Mountain View Green Garden Showcase Program highlights environmentally-friendly gardens inside Mountain View to be used as examples and inspiration for the community. For more information, click here
  • Going Native Garden Tour showcases California native plants on Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8 in 2018.

Nurseries and Irrigation Equipment Suppliers

Landscape Professionals

  • Landscape Professionals Lists 
    • For a list of landscape design, construction, and/or maintenance companies that have worked with three or more Landscape Rebate Program participantsclick here. This list is intended to help participants find landscape professionals that have had experience with the Landscape Rebate Program but 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.
    • Visit the California Landscape Contractors Association’s Certification Program to learn about certified landscape contractors or click here to view a list of CLCA certified landscape contractors. 
    • To hire a gardener trained in sustainable landscape maintenance practices, contact the Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Program.
  • Qualified Water Efficiency Landscapers (QWEL) List 
    QWEL is a certification program developed to educate landscape professionals and their customers on the benefits of effective landscape design, management and irrigation practices. Trained in water-wise landscape practices including plant selection, irrigation system design and water management, a QWEL graduate will help meet your landscape needs while keeping your outdoor water use in check. Find a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper in your area. For more information about QWEL, click here.
  • WaterSense Landscaper List
    Irrigation professionals certified by the EPA's WaterSense can help you reduce your water use and maximize the efficiency of your irrigation systemClick here to find a local pro.
  • Landscaper Leaderboard
    Click here for a list 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, or if you would like to schedule a free landscape survey for a qualifying site to potentially improve your score, please click here

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