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!


February 2017

2017 SmartScape Plant Sales

2017 SmartScape Plant Sales

Searching for the best plants for your landscape? Texas SmartScape™ 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 educational plant events 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.

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October 2016

SmartScape User Survey

SmartScape User Survey

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July 2016

Soil, Water, Plants

Soil, Water, Plants

Soil, Water, Plants. Balancing those three factors will help ensure protection of the environment by reducing the amount of water, fertilizer, and pesticides needed to maintain your landscape. Modelling your outside landscape to match Mother Nature is known as biomimicry. Mimicking nature and biological processes helps close the gap between the needed maintenance and intervention required to keep everything alive and looking beautiful.

Soil – The most common soil type in North Texas is clay. This type of soil feels smooth and sticky in your hands when you mix it with water. Clay soils do not typically absorb water quickly so watering slowly or in intervals is key to preventing runoff. Incorporating compost into clay soils can greatly increase its ability to soak up and hold onto water.

Water – The average annual precipitation in DFW is 35.65” categorizing the region as a humid subtropical climate. SmartScape promoted plants are native to this climate and once established can thrive with little to no additional watering.

Plants – Check out our newly updated plant list of over 450 plants that are native or adaptive to the Dallas-Fort Worth region. A new feature we added is the ability to search by landscape use! Try it out and start planning your SmartScape garden!


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