Do I have to plant all California natives in order to save water?
No. There is a wide range of plants that will grow successfully in this area that are not California natives. Keep in mind, California is a huge state with many different climate zones, so sometimes a native that is planted out of its adapted area will require more water than another plant. It does help to research which popular landscape plants might become invasive if you live close to wildlands such as the foothills or near open grasslands or desert.

The Water Wise Demonstration Garden at the WCC highlights native plants and non-natives that will do well in our arid climate. Come take a look to get inspiration for your landscape.

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1. Does CBWCD provide rebates for artificial turf or other turf removal?
2. Do you recommend putting in artificial turf to save water?
3. How do I get started trading my thirsty lawn for a more drought-tolerant landscape?
4. How do I kill existing turf to be replaced by drought tolerant plant materials?
5. Do I have to plant all California natives in order to save water?
6. Do California native plants require extensive soil amendments and fertilizers?
7. Are all California native plants drought tolerant?
8. What types of irrigation do drought tolerant landscapes require?
9. Can I water plants with water from the washer?