Programs and Services
- Free Water Wise Surveys for Homes
- Free Large Landscape Surveys for Businesses, Apartment Complexes, and Schools
- Events and Workshops
- Find Your Water Retailer
New Video Series for Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection
This virtual workshop series discusses:
- Low-water landscapes compared to traditional gardens
- Irrigation maintenance and leak detection
- Landscape conversion rebate information
- Designing native and low-water use landscapes
- Taking care of your soil
- Propagating native plants
- Non-toxic weed removal
- Plant pruning methods
- Watering native plants
Additional Landscaping Resources
General Gardening Information
- 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
- 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.
- The district's Drought Survival: Lawn Care Guide will help you take care of your lawn during high temperatures or drought.
- Lawn irrigation, fertilizer-use, and maintenance information from the California Water Efficient Partnership.
- 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.
Graywater and Rainwater
New Ways to Irrigate
- Irrigation scheduling assistance, developed by the San Jose Water Company.
- From basics, to guidelines, to water-efficient technology to help you schedule your irrigation system, from the California Water Efficient Partnership.
- 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!
- For Photo Galleries:
- 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.
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.
- Water-efficient demonstration gardens are wonderful sources of inspiration and practical information. All are open to the public at no cost.
- The City of San José has garden designs and well-maintained gardens for you to visit.
- The Mountain View Green Garden Showcase Program highlights environmentally-friendly gardens inside Mountain View to be used as examples and inspiration for the community.
- Going Native Garden Tour showcases California native plants on Saturday April 7 and Sunday April 8 in 2018.
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.