Person pruning shrubs.

Winter Maintenance Tips for Low Water Use Gardens

Proper maintenance is key to a thriving low water use landscape. Check out the Water Smart Maintenance Manual for a step-by-step guide on how to maintain your garden. The Maintenance Manual includes tips on how and when to prune trees and shrubs, selecting and planting climate appropriate plants, irrigation best practices, and more!

Download the Water Smart Maintenance Manual.


The Partnership was formed to identify and recommend implementation of water use efficiency projects, and maximize the cost effectiveness of water-use efficiency programs in our region.

We are Proud EPA WaterSense Partners

Partnership Achievements


square feet of lawn removed via cash for grass/mulch madness during 2023


gallons of water saved through sustained reduction each year


gallons of rainwater harvesting capacity added during 2023


people participated in the 2023 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties that have joined together to provide regional solutions for water use efficiency. Learn more about our achievements in our Annual Report.