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SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners

Desert Gardening Basics- Introduction to gardening in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch
Plant ID - Plant catalogue of plants common to SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners*
Informational Links - All sorts of information pertinent to gardening in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners*
Request a Plant Call - Have more questions? We'll come to visit!

Water-Wise Gardening - Ways to optimize use of water in the landscape
Benefits of Xeriscaping- Learn to use drought tolerant plants to conserve water
Irrigation in the Desert - Judicious use of irrigation can give you the garden you want and still save water

Prohibited Plants - What plants should NOT be planted in your yard?
Gardening Month by Month- Ideas for each month in the garden

What are Master Gardeners?
Become a Master Gardener

Water-wise Gardening

SaddleBrooke* is lucky to have as its primary water supply a wonderful source of well water from a large aquifer at the foot of the Santa Catalinas. However that supply is not infinite and now is the time to start ensuring that we have our water supply for as long as possible. There are a number of measures we can all take to optimize our water use. This page will focus on those measures you can take in your yard and garden.

1. Use appropriate native or desert-adapted plants as much as possible, in your yard. They will require much less water than plants which comes from wherever you used to live. Embrace the desert! Here are several links you may find helpful:

2. Use drip irrigation for your yard and garden, with multiple zones for differing water needs. E.g., citrus needs much heavier irrigation than say, yellow bells (Tecoma stans). Directing the appropriate amount of water to each use area of you yard allows you to have both high water demand plants and desert plants in the same yard (but not too close to each other). Here are some irrigation links appropriate to this area:

3. Find out if and under what conditions you may harvest rainwater. Check w/ your HOA before undertaking any collection system.

4. Minimize or eliminate the use of turf grass. Consider using artificial instead.


** The term SaddleBrooke  is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Photo Credits: Lyle Larson, Debbie Muise, Elissa Cochran