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The City of Santa Cruz offers a selection of free, illustrated publications full of useful information on water wise gardening. To request a free copy mailed to you:

  • Email, call 831-420-5230, or stop by the Water Conservation Office to pick them up.

How to Water Your Garden How to Water Your Garden
by Sunset Magazine

Which type of irrigation is best for your garden? Find out how to water efficiently throughout the seasons, from hand-watering to drip systems and underground sprinkler systems.
Soil Matters Soil Matters
by Bay Nature Magazine

Discover soil-friendly practices to improve the soil type in your garden. This booklet covers soils in depth, from how to work with clay soils to counteracting compaction. Learn about the creatures that inhabit the soil, such as earthworms, beetles, fungi and micro-organisms.
Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Mulch

Bay-Friendly Landscaping Guide to Mulch
by StopWaste.Org

A landscaper's guide to mulch: how to save money, control weeds and create healthy landscapes. A thorough introduction to mulch in the landscape. Shows the different kinds of mulch available, which mulch is best for your garden, and how to use it.

Xeriscape, a Santa Cruz Design Guide

Xeriscape, a Santa Cruz Design Guide
by Santa Cruz Water Conservation Office

This guide will help you plan your garden based on xeriscape principles: design of practical turf areas, choosing plants for the local climate, soil improvement, hydrozone irrigation, mulching, and proper maintenance.

Drip Irrigation Guidelines Drip Irrigation Guidelines
by East Bay MUD

This is a basic guide to installing and maintaining drip irrigation for the home gardener, published in 1991. Contact your local irrigation supply store for more current trends in drip irrigation equipment that are not included this booklet.

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