Our watering tips, demonstration landscapes, workshops, videos and guides will help you up the learning curve.
Learn How to Water
Our webpage explains how to schedule your irrigation, use the most efficient sprinkler, prevent runoff and regulate water pressure.
Visit the 5-acre Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego to see how lush, shady and beautiful water efficient landscapes can be when they mature. Stop by our own demonstration landscape at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa, too. Our three gardens are just over a year old.
Go to a Workshop
The San Diego County Water Authority and The Water Conservation Garden host WaterSmart landscaping workshops throughout the year. Click on the links below for more information, then keep an eye on the calendar on Helix’s homepage for dates and reservations.
Have Us Evaluate Your Water Use
Call or email for an appointment and we’ll send a water conservation expert. For homeowners, we evaluate both indoor and outdoor water use. For businesses and multi-family properties, we evaluate the irrigation system. Then we prepare a list of water-saving recommendations just for you.
Meet With a Landscape Designer
The Water Conservation Garden offers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professional landscape designer or architect and discuss your landscape. You provide photos and a sketch of your landscape to guide the discussion.
Get a Rebate
We offer rebates as an incentive to install water efficiency improvements in your home, landscape or business.
Things to Read
eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle
This award-winning, online guide provides step-by-step instructions for designing and installing a water efficient landscape, from design ideas to plant lists to graywater use.
This San Diego County Water Authority website offers tools, guides, videos and templates to answer all of your questions.
Sunset Magazine’s Water-Wise Garden Design Guide
Scroll through this article’s 18 beautiful photos, and the copy accompanying each one, and you will have a much better grasp of how to design your own water efficient landscape.
Sunset Magazine’s Backyard Design Guide
This webpage offers links to 24 articles on how to design landscapes that are sustainable, fire resistant, sloped, perfect for small yards, perfect for kids — and much more.
This website will give you idea after idea for your water efficient landscape. Click on Photos and then Landscape, or click on Stories & Advice and then Landscape Design.
Things to Watch
A Growing Passion
A Growing Passion is a TV series on KPBS created by local garden designer and author Nan Sterman. You can watch all of the past episodes of the series on her website.
WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Videos
The San Diego County Water Authority turned their popular series of classes into a series of on-demand videos. Class instructor Sharon Lowe walks you through designing, installing and caring for a water efficient landscape.
News, events and how-to articles