Because of its reduced watering needs and drought tolerance, water-wise landscaping is a great option for our climate. When compared to grass, which requires about 28" of supplemental water annually, low-water landscapes can thrive on 15" or less and weathers longer periods without water. In addition to decreased water consumption and resilience, these landscapes often require less maintenance.
A Lawn, Seed and Irrigation Permit is required for:
The installation and replacement of new sod for areas 250 sq. ft. or greater, any time of year. The installation of a new irrigation/sprinkler system where none currently exists or replacing/renovating an existing system, such as adding a zone or changing the size of a system, at a residence.
Water-wise Landscape Rebate
Earn a rebate for removing at least 500 square feet of healthy bluegrass lawn and replacing it with a low-water landscape.
Water-wise Landscape Design
Let us help you out by designing a personalized new water-wise landscape for free.
Aurora Water-wise Garden
The garden is located at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. At ten acres, it's the largest in the metropolitan area. If you’re interested in helping make the garden look its best, join our Volunteer Program.
Water-wise Examples in Aurora
Top Recommended Plants
In Aurora, we have some beautiful examples of healthy low-water landscapes. Most of these properties received a Water-wise Landscape Rebate.
Take a look at some of the best-performing plants in the Aurora Water-wise Garden and read about our first-hand planting and maintenance experiences with them.
These are low-water, high-performing plants ideal for Aurora. View all of the Plant Select selections in this interactive booklet.
Take a Class
Attend one of our many classes on water-wise landscaping, efficient irrigation or growing vegetables -- all to help you save water and money.
Water-Smart Landscape Contractor Training
We hold an annual contractor training course on water-smart landscaping practices and Aurora City Code and Policies.