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Our Top Ten Tips for Successful Living in the Morongo Basin
If you're a longtime desert resident, you probably understand that living in harmony with the desert environment creates an enviable quality of life. You may already be following all of these tips, but take a look in case there is something more you can do. If you are new to desert living, you may find some significant differences in day-to-day life than what you're used to. By following our Top Ten Tips for Desert-Wise Living, you will not only add to your enjoyment of desert life, but will help conserve its beauty and balance.
  1. Native   - Successful Morongo Basin landscaping uses native plants that support wildlife, requires less water and no fertilizer.
  2. Solar   - Combat climate change by harnessing the power of the sun.  Desert-Wise in the Morongo Basin means putting sunny skies to work at your home.
  3. protect-wildlife.pngProtect Wildlife   - Poisons  (rodenticides, insecticides, herbicides) flow up the food chain and kill pollinators and natural predators like owls, bobcats, and coyotes.
  4. Keep Night Skies Dark  - Shield and limit your outdoor lights -- the better to see our majestic night skies! 
  5. Conserve Water - Water wise is Desert-Wise. Water is limited and precious in the Morongo Basin. Add rain barrels and greywater systems to your landscape for irrigation needs. 
  6. Drive Slowly - Desert dust travels far on dirt roads...and wildlife has the right-of-way.
  7. Tread Lightly - don't bust the crust of desert soil as it's alive. Stay on designated OHV or hiking routes.
  8. Shop Local - Support our Morongo Basin small-town businesses before shopping online or outside the area.
  9. Treasure the Quiet   Respect your neighbors as sound travels far in the desert. The desert speaks softly. Keep quiet to hear it.
  10. Respect Indigenous or Pioneer Relics  - Honor the past. Do not disturb Native American petroglyphs/Pioneer artifacts.

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  • Constance Walsh

    I’d like to see the ten tips printed as a flyer and a poster to be distributed to every local realtor and mailed to real estate agents who have listings here, something I’ve wanted to do for years.
    What do you think?
    If you printed the flyer exactly as it is here I would do the distributing.
    We often blame the newcomers especially for not respecting the desert, but little is done to inform the ignorance that leads to irrecuperable desert destruction.

    Constance Walsh
  • Stacy Doolittle
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