The Sustainable Landscapes Program partners have produced a comprehensive, 71-page color guide entitled San Diego Sustainable Landscape Guidelines which details best practices and recommendations for a watershed approach to landscaping. Core concepts are organized into the following chapters:


The watershed approach and how to use the book.


What makes the San Diego region unique, climate zones and treating your property as a mini-watershed.

G3 SD Final Cover


The soil food web and techniques for improving your site’s soil.


Climate-appropriate plants and hydrozoning.


How to use rainwater as a resource, and efficient irrigation.


Useful details to help you get started.

Pick Up A Copy

Free copies of the book are available while supplies last during business hours at the locations below from these participating agencies and organizations:

  • San Diego County Water Authority
    • Kearny Mesa office – 4677 Overland Ave.
    • Escondido office – 610 West 5th Ave., Escondido
  • City of San Diego
    • Public Utilities Department – 525 B St., Main Floor
    • City Administration Building Lobby – 202 C St.
    • Central Library – 300 Park Blvd.
    • Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library – 5148 Market St.
    • Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library – 13330 Salmon River Road
  • Cal American Water Company – 1025 Palm Ave., Imperial Beach
  • Sweetwater Authority – 505 Garrett Ave, Chula Vista
  • Water Conservation Garden – 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive W., El Cajon
  • City of Oceanside
    • Civic Center Library – 330 Coast Highway
    • Mission Branch Library – 3861 Mission Ave.
    • Civic Center, Revenue and Cashiering Office – 300-C N. Ditmar St., East Building
    • Civic Center, Water Administration Office – 300 N. Coast Highway, First Floor, South Building
  • Vallecitos Water District – 201 Vallecitos De Oro, San Marcos
  • Helix Water District – 7811 University Ave., La Mesa
  • Otay Water District
    • District office – 2554 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley
    • Southwestern College Library – 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista
    • Otay Ranch Branch Library – 2015 Birch Road, Suite #409, Chula Vista
    • Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library – 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
    • Salt Creek Recreation Center – 2710 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista
    • Heritage Recreation Center – 1381 E. Palomar St., Chula Vista