Drought Resources

Below you will find a helpful links and resources to get you started on ways you can save water with your landscape.

REBATES
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is offering residential customers $2 per square foot (up to $2,000 total) for removing their lawn and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants, mulch, permeable pavers and efficient drip irrigation. Artificial turf is not eligible for the rebate, and projects must be completed within 90 days.
CLAIM YOUR TURF REMOVAL REBATE

NEWS

WORKSHOPS

Upcoming workshops to help “waterwise” your landscape

WATERWISE PLANTS

Where to buy
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden Plant Sales

Partner Nurseries
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum receive discounts at these nurseries. Find out more about membership.

What to buy
UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars
Thinking about removing your lawn to save water? The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum have identified 100 tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum, are easy to grow, don’t need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden. These plants are called the UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars. Below you’ll find links to planting plans incorporating Arboretum All-Stars.

VERY LOW-WATER ARBORETUM ALL-STARS (link to .pdf download)
Of the 100 Arboretum All-Stars, this list identifies those with the lowest water needs

LEARN MORE about Arboretum All-Stars
SEARCH the Arboretum All-Star database

Find other low-water use plants

CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY Plant Sales

SEARCH the WUCOLS Database (Water Use Classification of Landscape Species)

Plant Lists

LIFE AFTER LAWN (link to .pdf download)
45 possibilities for bringing your empty canvas back to life with low-water, attractive, beneficial-wildlife attracting plants.

35 LOW-WATER PLANTS YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF (link to .pdf download)
This list includes California natives, beneficial pollinator-attracting plants, and a few from the desert with the ability to survive with no summer irrigation.

DURABLE DELIGHTS (link to .pdf download)
Plants recommended by Director of Horticulture Ellen Zagory for their low-water needs and durability

The NEW FRONT YARD Plant List (link to .pdf download)
40 attractive plants that save water and support wildlife

DESIGN

Planting Plans

Landscape Design

OUTDOOR CONSERVATION

Trees

City of Woodland Guides
The City of Woodland has put together some incredibly helpful resources especially for local residents, but many are helpful to our broader community.

EDIBLE GARDENING

GARDENING

MASTER GARDENERS
Have a gardening question? Interested in becoming a UC Master Gardener? Visit your local UC Master Gardener Program for information.

HIRE HELP

PLEASE NOTE: The resources we’ve listed below are not endorsed by the UC Davis Arboretum, but are websites you might find helpful as you start your search.

LEARN MORE

WEBSITES

UC Davis

Other

VIDEOS

3 Comments

  1. Nancy Sternberg April 8, 2014 Reply

    We are interested in finding drought resistant plants for the north (shady) side of our home. Most native plants we find are for full sun.

    Can someone please help!

    Thank you.

    • Author
      UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden April 11, 2014 Reply

      You can search the Arboretum All-Star database for plants that suit your needs here:

      http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/plant_search.aspx

      Don’t forget to click the “show/hide” criteria and add low or very low water needs.

      That will be a good start for you!

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