Be climate wise when designing your and maintaining your landscape.
Landscaping for Biodiversity
Landscaping with native species means less work for you. They're better adapted to our local climate, changing though it may be; they tolerate our wet springs and dry summers better than many species. Providing a variety of niches for different species will improve the overall health of your landscape. Learn more here.
Landscape for Energy Efficiency
The type and height of trees you choose can cut your heating and cooling costs. Plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home to block summer sun; in fall, their leaves will fall and let the sun warm it in winter. If your roof design and orientation are suitable for solar panels, be sure to consider species' ultimate height so avoid blocking them.
Water as Needed, But Smartly
Need to water your landscaping or garden? Try to do so in the morning, when it's cooler. Use soaker hoses to minimize evaporation before the water can soak in. It's better to water one inch per week on one day each week than to water a little bit more frequently. Don't have a rain gauge? Use an empty tuna fish or cat food can. a
Mulch, But Only 3"-4" High
A proper layer of organic mulch -- 3" to 4" -- maintains more consistent soil moisture and is especially important to younger trees and shrubs. But "mulch volcanoes" block rain from soaking in around tree roots.