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March 20, 2014 (San Diego)--California is in the midst of a drought emergency, and there’s no relief in sight as our unseasonably warm winter continues. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking all residents to cut water use by 20 percent — something that may be easier than you think.

Simple changes in the garden can make a big difference when it comes to saving water. County News Center TV’s “Down to Earth” program offers several episodes to help you dive into water conservation. Visit  to view th shows. Programs include these and more:

What Is an Irrigation Zone?

  • Plants need water to survive, but with little rainfall, most of us rely on sprinklers to do the job. Because some plants need more water than others, learning how to zone your garden can help minimize wasteful water.

Boost Moisture with Mulch

Mediterranean Makeover and Mediterranean Plant Palate

  • Mediterranean plants can turn a thirsty lawn into a beautiful (and drought-resistant!) garden. Check out dramatic makeovers at some local homes. 

Native Plants and How to Plant a Native Garden

  • Non-native plants are thirsty. Create a beautiful garden that cuts down on water use and maintenance by planting native plants are inherently suited to our San Diego climate.  

The Water Conservation Garden: The Water-Saving Mecca

  • Take a visit to Cuyamaca College’s water-wise garden in El Cajon in this episode. You’ll see gardening techniques, such as xeriscaping, that can save a considerable amount of water. Take note, homeowners!


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