NEW: Your Better Yard

Are you looking to save water while maintaining a beautiful landscape? Whether you are a master gardener or have little patience for lawn care, you can make your yard more attractive and functional while saving water. Enhance your landscapes with water-saving techniques and technologies that fit your lifestyle and yard type.

Check out the eight different landscape types below to see which one might match your yard and lifestyle. Once you have found your better yard, learn how to upgrade your landscape and save water with WaterSense labeled product and smart practices. 

Landscape Lifestyles

Backyard Beauty

Backyard Beauty

Are you a master gardener with a variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables in your yard? Is your landscape lush, and do you require efficient irrigation performance in a variety of climates? If you’re going for Backyard Beauty, consider these tips for your better yard:

  • Plant flowers that are native to your region and don’t require much watering beyond normal rainfall.
  • Group plants in hydrozones by watering needs. 
  • Consider installing a microirrigation system that delivers water slowly and over a longer period of time.
  • Use a WaterSense labeled weather-based irrigation controller that will tailor your landscapes watering schedule based on local weather and landscape conditions.
  • Hire a certified landscape irrigation professional to conduct an audit of your irrigation system to help you find ways to improve efficiency.
Dog Digging Dilemma

Doggie Digging Dilemma

Are you a tech-savvy pet owner who thinks your phone isn’t the only thing that should be smart? Do you want flower beds kept safe from digging paws? Is your irrigation system controlled with a clock timer? Solve your Dog Digging Dilemma with your better yard:

Community Plot

Community Plot

Are you an avid community gardener or teaching kids how to plant and grow food? Is the garden next to a school or building with plenty of precipitation? Are you building raised beds to grow flowers and vegetables? Turn a Community Plot into your better yard:

  • Fill the garden with plants that are native to the region.
  • Arrange beds in hydrozones to simplify watering. 
  • Teach kids about water conservation by using a rain barrel to collect water from a nearby roof to use for irrigation.
  • Install a drip irrigation system to deliver water slowly and over a longer period of time. 
Family Fun

Family Fun

Is your lawn the envy of the neighborhood? Are you picky about what you plant and when to water? Do you also like to practice sports with the kids in the backyard? Focus on Family Fun and not on lawn care in your better yard:

Enlist a professional irrigation auditor certified by a WaterSense labeled program to help.

Landscape Luxury

Landscape Luxury

Do you love to entertain outdoors, but also like to travel and leave the lawn maintenance to someone else? Are you in the market for a landscape or irrigation system redesign? Your better yard can have Landscape Luxury and use less water:

Low Maintenance Living

Low-Maintenance Living

Are you a busy working parent who wants to spend more time with the kids than your lawn? Instead of an in-ground sprinkler system, do you water with a hose hooked up to a sprinkler? Stop mowing and start Low-Maintenance Living with your better yard:

  • Replace some turf with drought-tolerant plants native to your region. 
  • Place plants in hydrozones based on their watering needs.
  • Consider some type of drip irrigation technology, such as a soaker hose.
  • Water smarter by following water-wise tips, such as avoiding mid-day sun.


Playdate Priorities

Playdate Priorities

Does your yard have an in-ground sprinkler system, and your home have high water pressure? Is your yard packed with playground equipment and kids over for playdates, leaving little free time? Focus on your Playdate Priorities instead of lawn maintenance with your better yard:

Urban Oasis

Urban Oasis

Are you a downtown Athens/city-dweller with little outdoor space and a desire to make the world a better place? Do you grow your own vegetables and flowers in your backyard or balcony? Are you the do-it-yourself type, or at least willing to learn by watching a YouTube video? Turn your Urban Oasis into your better yard:

  • Plant drought-tolerant flowers that are native to your region and that will require little supplemental watering beyond normal rainfall.
  • Plant flowers in hydrozones based on their watering requirements.
  • Add mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and maintain healthy soil.
  • Install drip irrigation hooked to a hose bibb with a soil moisture sensor or weather-based irrigation controller.
An illustration of different landscape types, including a digging dog and children playing