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Smart From the Start

Smart From the Start
is a California water conservation program that provides user-friendly tools and landscape templates to assist new homeowners and developers design and install beautiful, water-smart landscapes.
The concepts and tools provided, however, may also be useful to people who are considering converting their existing water-thirsty landscapes to less thirsty ones. For full program information, download the Introduction to Smart From the Start.

The Water Smart Landscape Checklist forms the basis of the front and back yard templates. This list highlights components to be incorporated or considered in water efficient landscape and irrigation design.

Irrigation plans are varied to show examples with spray, drip and a combination of both. Sample irrigation schedules and annual water use estimates are also included. Note: Templates are 2MB+ PDF files. If you have trouble downloading, right-click on hyperlink and select "Save Target As..." to save the file to your computer.

Front Yard Templates address the diverse needs of California's different climatic zones. Sample plant material lists provide a starting point for design; variety is encouraged and plants can be exchanged as long as site conditions and water needs are considered.
Bay Area
Central Valley
Desert
Sierra Foothills
Southern Coastal
Southern Foothills
Southern Inland

Back Yard Templates also address the diverse needs of California's different climatic zones while considering that back yards are a more private space and that the individual resident may be the one coordinating or providing for its installation and maintenance. As with the front yard, the templates provide sample designs with appropriate plantings, irrigation and site elements to envision how water conservation can be accomplished with good design.
Irrigation Schedules
Bay Area
Central Valley
Desert
Sierra Foothills
Southern Coastal
Southern Foothills
Southern Inland








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