Re-landscaping a yard requires planning and preparation. Before turf is removed, initial steps include: assessing your current irrigation system and identifying needed modification, finding the plants that work best in your climate, characterizing your soil, and assessing sun conditions in your yard. There are excellent resources available online to help homeowners with these steps.
One of the key resources for selecting plants is the water use classification of landscape species (WUCOLS) data base. The site can be accessed through this link (WUCOLS). The database can let you make a list of plants for your region based on plant water needs. The user manual (on the website) will help guide use of the database.
Online state and local resources can be accessed by clicking one of the links below.
- California Statewide Resources
- Local & Regional Resources
General guidance for landscape projects located anywhere in the state.
Landscape guidance for specific areas of the state.
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