Urban Desertscape Enhancement
The Urban Desertscape Enhancement (UDE) collaborative working group aims to educate homeowners on the importance of water conservation and native plant landscaping.
UDE focuses on increasing native desert habitat in urban areas and saving water across the Maricopa County region. Protecting local parks and preserves from invasive plants starts with you. Learn more about how you can participate in water conservation and invasive plant efforts below!
Coming Soon: Our Guide to desert-friendly landscaping
Help us find and map the top noxious weeds (invasive plant species) of concern for Central Arizona region using iNaturalist. These invasive plants have spread aggressively both in urban and open spaces during the last few years. Everyone can join!
Waibel & Associates’ Sustainable Landscape Management – A Guide to Care in the Desert Southwest continues as the standard for the landscape maintenance industry. This book reviews all aspects of yard and property care and maintenance. It can be found on their website, along with information on the courses they offer.
The Sonoran Desert is not fire adapted. As climate change and invasive species transform our landscape, our desert needs your help to thrive. Take a look at our Desert Defenders wildfire infographic and learn how you can help.
Explore more resources below by topic or location.
Resources by Topic
Xeriscape and rain gardens
- Step-by-step guide to xeriscaping
- How to build and care for your own rain garden
- Xeriscape demonstration gardens
Landscaping and watering guidance