Top 10 Ways to Design/Construct to Save Water Outdoors on the Lot

Water
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  1. Capture and use rainwater.
  2. Preserve the native landscape.
  3. Improve your soils.
  4. Minimize irrigated turfgrass.
  5. Plant trees.
  6. Use native and naturalizing plant material.
  7. Reduce the amount of impervious surface.
  8. Direct run-off as a sheet flow to landscape areas where possible.
  9. Direct point discharges like downspouts to trees and other plantings.
  10. Begin detaining water at the source whenever possible.