Water-Wise and Native Plants
CWEL faculty, staff, and graduate students conduct research addressing water requirements of trees and turfgrass, effects of short-term drought on landscapes, development and use of drought tolerant grasses and landscape plants, and characterization of community-wide landscape water demand and use patterns.
Out-reach education programs are geared to providing expertise and information to state-wide Extension offices, the green industry, water purveyors/institutions, and the general public. CWEL reaches these goals through collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies as well as Utah's green industry.
Ongoing research projects include:
- Sego Supreme™ native plant introduction program at Utah State University's Botanical Center in Kaysville
- Salt tolerance in native and adapted plants
- Increasing pinyon pine nut production
- Propagation of woody plants such as Mountain mahogany and Bigtooth maple
- WaterMAPs™ water management and planning software
- Water conserving turfgrass cultivar development
- Turfgrass irrigation efficiency and irrigation systems research
In addition to selecting low-water plants, there are seven basic landscaping principles that can help you to conserve water in the landscape. A water-wise landscape is one that is functional, attractive, and easily maintained in its natural surroundings. These principles will help you to have a beautiful landscape while still conserving water.