Garden resources and workshops, visit: San Joaquin County Master Gardeners.
Incorporate compost 6" into your soil to retain water, reduce compaction, feed earthworms, and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.
Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.
Apply as little fertilizer as possible.
If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.