Use a professional landscaper to design any landscaping that will include multiple plant species or cover relatively large areas. Use native and drought-tolerant plants when possible. Group plant species according to their water needs. Avoid planting turf or ground covers in long narrow plots. To the extent possible, avoid plantings that are near heat sources and sinks. Protect landscaped area from the wind. Minimize the use of turf, which is more difficult to irrigate efficiently, and, for many species, has high water needs. Use artificial turf instead of real turf. Consider designing xeriscape or hardscape areas that use little to no vegetation. Apply mulch to help retain water in areas with trees or shrubs. Avoid plantings on slopes.