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Desert Landscaping

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The Desert Flora Landscape Design Guide outlines design principles to assist both professionals and residents in the development of a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing desert landscape. This guide also outlines the City’s approval process for new and renovated landscape design.

The Desert Flora Plant Palette Guide includes photos and characteristic descriptions of more than 250 desert-friendly plants.

The Desert Flora Maintenance Guide provides detailed advice on the care and maintenance of desert plant materials.


The Coachella Valley Water District provides information about water conservation, evapotranspiration rates (Et), weather, helpful tips for teachers and kids, and other topics under the Conservation & Education tab on its website.

CIMIS, the California Irrigation Management Information System, is a state program with a network of over 120 automated weather stations that provide information to help California’s irrigation managers use their water resources wisely and effectively.

The Irrigation Association website provides many resources related to irrigation issues and equipment as well as educational opportunities.


The Living Desert is a valuable local resource for native and drought-tolerant landscaping and information. 

The WUCOLS manual is a free publication that provides the water use categories for commonly used plant materials.  This information is required in order to use the City's Water Calculation Worksheet.


The International Society of Arboriculture is a worldwide professional organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation of trees and promoting research, technology, and the professional practice of arboriculture.

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