A short drive through Bend and it is easy to see that landscapes here can be pretty diverse. The resources below provide guidance and information so that whatever landscape choices you’re making, you have the tools to transform it to one that is more water efficient, drought resilient and more WaterWise.
WaterWise Landscape Guide
The WaterWise Landscape Guide provides an excellent overview of all the necessary components of a water conscious landscape. It covers planning and design, Central Oregon soils, managing stormwater in the landscape, plant selection and maintenance.
WaterWise Streetscape Guide
The WaterWise Streetscape Guide focuses exclusively on the portion of your landscaping that boarders along the street, with the aim of keeping irrigation water off Bend streets. It includes a variety of sample landscape plans, plant lists, and provides step by step description of what it takes to create a beautiful and efficient Bend WaterWise Streetscape.
Bend WaterWise Landscaping Photo Site
The Bend WaterWise Landscaping Photo Site is chalk full of photos and tours of local landscapes, shrub and tree information, and printable fact sheets. Every photo is from a local landscape right here in Bend. Take a tour of a landscape that manages stormwater perfectly, one that has only native Central Oregon plant material, or another that substitutes high desert grasses in place of a thirsty lawn.
- Visit www.bendwaterwiselandscape.com to learn more.
WaterWise Gardening in Central Oregon Plant Catalog
Need to brush up on your high desert plant knowledge? Our WaterWise Gardening in Central Oregon plant catalog is the resource you need to find the right plant for the right place. Complete with helpful symbols to note plant water needs, fire resistance, sun and shade requirements, and more, this catalog is a must have for local landscape novices and professionals alike.
- WaterWise Gardening in Central Oregon (redirects you away from the City of Bend website.
Oregon Rain Garden Guide
Managing stormwater in Bend is critical to the long term health of our watershed and community as a whole. That starts with managing stormwater in the landscape. The City of Bend requires that property owners be able to retain normal stormwater flow on their property. A great way to do this is to install a rain garden that meets local requirements and looks beautiful at the same time.
Additional Information and Resources
- City of Bend - WaterWise Landscape Irrigation: Common Problems & Easy Fixes fact sheet (In Spanish)
- City of Bend – Outdoor WaterWise brochure
- Oregon State University Extension (www.extension.oregonstate.edu)
- EPA WaterSense (www.epa.gov/watersense)
- Alliance for Water Efficiency (www.a4we.org)
- Irrigation Association (www.irrigation.org)