Outdoor Water Conservation – Part 2

You can have a healthy landscape and conserve water.  Plant the right plant in the right place, design and maintain your landscape for efficient water use!  Conserve water and save money when you become WaterSmart!*

Plant Wisely

  • Choose plants that are native to your area, are drought resistant and thrive in your local environment. *Note – native plants will not always be the most drought resistant.
  • Some examples of WaterSmart plants include Carolina Jessamine, Confederate Jasmine, Crape Myrtle, Hydrangea, Japanese maple, Juniper, Lantana, Petunia, Verbena and Viburnum
  • Design turf areas in practical shapes that can be mowed and irrigated easily. Avoid sharp angles and long, narrow strips.
  • Plan for shade – a shaded landscape can be as much as 20º cooler than a landscape in full sun and preserves moisture. Arbors, trellis, and fences with vine covers can be effective sources of shade and help retain moisture.
  • Place plants with high water requirements in areas that stay moist naturally, and low-water-need plants in drier areas.

*WaterSmart is a water conservation education program initiated by the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA). Its mission is to educate about the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation so that all residents can help make a difference and be WaterSmart!