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Interactive Turf Removal Demo

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WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING

and your water budget

IRWD's outdoor water budgets are based on
40% drought friendly landscape and 60% turf. 

Drought friendly landscaping saves water and money by   
keeping you within your water budget.
Key water-saving components:
  • Low water use plants
  • Drip irrigation
  • Permeable hardscape
  • Use of mulch, rock swales, bioswales, and
    other non-turf ground cover to help retain moisture.

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Beard Tongue

California Lilac

Kangaroo Paw

Fortnight Lily

California Poppy

Dymondia

Western Redbud

20% OF TURF REPLACED

with drought friendly landscaping

Great start! You've taken the first step in
transforming your landscape from water-thirsty 
to drought friendly. At this point, you're still
likely to be over your monthly water budget, so
take the next step and remove even more turf.

Replacing spray head irrigation used by grass strip parkways
with water-efficient drip irrigation also helps prevent runoff.

Replace curbside and driveway strip areas

Click on plant names for details

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Sedge

Permeable Path

with drought friendly landscaping

40% OF TURF REPLACED

Your beautiful new front yard may even inspire your       
neighbors to do the same.

Congratulations! With 40% of your landscape
now drought friendly you should be able
to stay within your monthly water budget.

Replace remainder of front yard

Click on plant names for details

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Rock Rose

with drought friendly landscaping

60% OF TURF REPLACED

Don't overlook your side yard. Why not let
the benefits and beauty of your front yard's
transformation extend here as well?

With 60% total turf replacement you should be able to
remain comfortably within your water budget, while
maintaining a backyard turf area.

Replace side yard

Click on plant names for details

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Coral Bells

Butterfly Bush

Douglas Iris

Strawberry Tree

with drought friendly landscaping

80% OF TURF REPLACED

When replacing turf in your backyard start
along the outer perimeter. This is a great way
to beautify the walls and fences that enclose     
this area with colorful drought friendly plants,
while maintaining a central turf area for
active use.

Once this transformation is complete, don't forget to watch
the savings on your water bill add up.     

Replace backyard perimeter area

Click on plant names for details

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with drought friendly landscaping

100% OF TURF REPLACED

You've done it! You've now created a
beautiful outdoor living space with inviting     
features such as:

• Garden sitting /viewing areas
• Gazebos or Hammocks
• Permeable pathways
• Colorful drought friendly trees, shrubs and flowering    
   plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds
   
                   Enjoy your water savings!

Replace remaining backyard turf
with a fully functional outdoor
living space



Click to see incremental transformation from turf to drought friendly landscape

Start-0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

Turf removal needed to stay within your water budget