The California Friendly®
Maintenance Guide

About the Book


California Friendly® is California’s future. Water reliability is dependent on using water wisely. We need to create sustainable gardens that rely on less water. This maintenance guide will help you support California’s future:


  • Uncover the secrets of efficient irrigation.
  • Explore the techniques for irrigating with recycled water.
  • Get the maintenance tips for hundreds of California Friendly® plants.
  • Discover the methods and means of managing weed and pest infestations.
  • Learn how to maintain rainwater capture opportunities.


This book has been written for every landscaper, gardener and land manager in Southern California. It has been produced by the very first collaboration between three Southern California organizations, LADWP, MWD and SoCalGas. Feel free to download a copy of the book for free and use the information in your garden and help us create a beautiful, thriving and sustainable future.

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California Friendly® registered trademark of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Many of the flower and garden images are courtesy of the Theodore Payne Foundation.

California Friendly Guide
California Friendly Guide
California Friendly Guide