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!
No Need to Water When it Rains
--- No need to run your sprinklers this week (11/23/2015) ---
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.
7 Steps to a Smart Yard
No matter what point you are starting from, you can add ease, comfort, and enjoyment to your yard or garden by using native and adapted plants.
- Plan and Design - Start with the end in mind
- Reduce Turf – Less means More
- Soil – Organic matter is key
- Planting – Right Plant, Right Place
- Mulch – About 3 inches around beds and trees
- Water-Wise - Efficient irrigation will save you money
- Maintenance - Avoid excessive pruning
Check out our 7 Steps to a Smart Yard flyer to learn more about creating a beautiful landscape that requires less water and maintenance than a "traditional" yard. Or visit our Design Tools section. If you would like to learn in person, check out our events page to find a class near you.
Texas SmartScape Digital Magazine
Staff and SmartScape participant communities have been hard at work creating the second edition of the Texas SmartScape digital magazine. This 28 page magazine highlights a few of our favorite plants in a fun and interesting way. This isn’t your usual, boring, botanical name and basic information. This magazine is packed full of beautiful images, helpful tips, and style guides for your landscape. It is our hope that you are inspired to add class and beauty to your landscape with native Texas plants in your own garden.
Please feel free to download, link to, share, post, read out loud to anyone passing by! We just want to get the word out about the water conservation and stormwater quality benefits of using native plants that require less water and maintenance while still providing a beautiful landscape year round.
Check it out! http://digital.turn-page.com/i/489934
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.