North Central Texas Smartscape
Texas SmartScape™ utilizes xeriscape principles, but goes beyond the basics by providing design, care, and plant search tools that are "Smart" for North Central Texas. Learn more...
This Program Will Show You How To
Conserve water and save $Money$ on your water bills; beautify your home and local environment; attract native butterflies, hummingbirds and other wildlife; and prevent / help reduce storm water pollution!
2016 Texas SmartScape Plant Sale
Searching for the best candidates for your landscape? This spring, Texas SmartScape™ plants hope to win your vote. These plants are native or adapted to North Central Texas, so they can thrive—come rain or shine—with little to no pesticides or fertilizers and less water. This means you can save money and still have a beautiful yard. Some of these plants also attract birds, bees, and butterflies.
Come to one of the plant sales hosted by member cities of the Texas SmartScape program and participating retailers to get a deal on select Texas SmartScape plants. You can also get ideas and tips for landscaping by talking with a master gardener, plant expert, or irrigation specialist. Most locations will have fun events for kids too!
There will be 22 events across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex from March through May. Find out about event locations and times, plants for sale, and more.
Check Out a SmartScape Event Near You
Texas SmartScape™ is a cooperative effort among several of the North Central Texas region's cities, water districts, and other entities. The purpose of SmartScape is to educate our citizens on the ecological, economic and aesthetic benefits of using landscaping plants, shrubs, grasses and trees that are native or adapted to our regional climate and local conditions.
As part of this effort, we maintain a running list of events and classes around the region that promote SmartScape principles. Events listed range from gardening workshops, landscaping, irrigation and water conservation, composting, general DIY workshops, SmartScape plant sales, and SmartScape garden demonstrations and tours. Events listed span the entire 16 county Dallas/Fort Worth region geographically, from McKinney to Waxahachie, Denton to Cleburne, and Mesquite to Weatherford.
We post over 100 events a year and most are Free, so check out what's going on near you!
No Need to Water When it Rains
Not running your sprinklers the day after it rains, or even during a rain storm seems like a no brainer, but it happens more often than you think. When it comes to automatic sprinkler systems, so many people just set it and forget it. The result is simply a waste of money and precious resources as hundreds of gallons of water just runs down the street.
In the fall, temperatures cool off and we get a lot more rain in North Texas which means your lawn will slow its growth and will require less (or no) supplemental watering. It is a good time to reduce your sprinkler frequency and runtime as well as check to make sure your rain sensor is working properly. You shouldn’t need to water your lawn if it has rained in the past week or you may want to hold off watering if it is going to rain in the next day or so. Learn more about watering techniques in our watering section.
Another great resource is www.watermyyard.org which monitors weather conditions and sends you an email letting you know if you should water this week or not.
Use this search tool to identify which plants will work for you.
- SmartScape related events and classes: View all events.
- WANTED- SmartScape plant photos. Our plant database can now support multiple images of each plant. Submit plant photos to email@example.com.
- List of SmartScape-friendly companies.
- Nurseries/landscape companies: Partnership opportunities. [pdf]
- We want to know if you've attempted to use SmartScape ideas and techniques in your yard! Share your SmartScape.
- Interested in helping us expand Texas SmartScape to other regions in Texas? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.