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Posted on: March 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate Texas SmartScape Month

Texas SmartScape Month

Whether you are undertaking a major landscape overhaul or just looking for a few quick fixes to save water this summer, you’ll find resources for saving water and reducing pesticide and fertilizer use at TXSmartScape.com. Visit the website to learn more about these ways to spruce up your yard:

• Use native and adapted plants
The Texas SmartScape plant search tool allows you to find SmartScape-approved plants that are the right fit for your yard. You can search by plant type, plant shape and size, light requirement, ornamental color, wildlife value, bloom season, as well as landscape use. Texas SmartScape plants should thrive in the wide range of temperature and moisture conditions typical in North Texas.

• Reduce turf grass
Lawns typically require a large amount of supplemental water and more intensive maintenance than other vegetation. You might want to redesign your yard, replacing turf with hardscape or appropriate SmartScape plants.

• Use organic mulch and compost
Organic mulch reduces water loss from the soil, reduces weeds, moderates soil temperatures, and prevents soil erosion. Compost can also help retain moisture in the soil.

• Water efficiently and effectively—and no more than twice per week
Up to 50 percent of your irrigation goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or over-watering.

Texas SmartScape is a landscape program that promotes the use of plants suited to North Central Texas’s soil, climate, and precipitation. It was created 2001 and is currently supported by the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Regional Stormwater Management Program.

Visit Texas SmartScape website.
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