RESOURCES: Water-wise and Native Plants


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    RESOURCES: Water-Wise and Native Plants

    Principles of Water-Wise LandscapingPrinciples of Water-Wise Landscaping

    In addition to selecting low-water plants, there are seven basic landscaping principles that can help you 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.


    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