March is SmartScape Month!
March 2016 marks the 15th annual "March is Texas SmartScape™ Month." SmartScape Month is a regionally coordinated effort to promote the water conservation, pollution prevention, recycling, composting, and waste reduction principles of Texas SmartScape. SmartScape plants are native and adapted to the Texas climate and need less water and fertilizer to thrive even in the heat of Texas summers. In addition, the Texas SmartScape program encourages proper design, care, and maintenance techniques to better protect the environment.
Since March is an active month for landscaping, this is an excellent time to make your yard a SmartScape yard by planting native and adapted plants. Whether you're in the market for a major landscape overhaul or just a few quick fixes to save water this summer, www.txsmartscape.com has the tools to help you succeed, from a searchable database that lists SmartScape-approved plants by color, shape, amount of sunlight or water needed; to a landscape design tool; to care and maintenance tips.
Local governments and other organizations throughout North Central Texas are encouraged to celebrate March is Texas SmartScape Month. Every year, the Storm Water Public Education Task Force develops a SmartScape theme to go along with the month's activities.
More educational and outreach materials can be accessed from the NCTCOG website.
Beautiful, Maintainable, Sustainable
Texas SmartScape™ plants should thrive in the wide range of temperature and moisture conditions typical in North Texas. These hardy plants are rarely plagued by major pest problems, thus reducing or even eliminating the need for pesticides which can contaminate our waters and potentially harm wildlife. They are also capable of maintaining healthy, vigorous growth in our region's soils without the use of much—or any—fertilizer. Once native and adapted plants are established, they require much less water than other plants which allows you to have a beautiful, maintainable, and sustainable yard.
Texas Natives Tough It Out
Summertime is fast approaching, and with the summer heat comes expensive water bills! But those water bills can be reduced. More than half of a typical household's outdoor water use goes to watering the lawn and garden, and converting to a water-efficient landscape through the proper choice of plants and careful design can reduce this water use by 20 to 50 percent. Once native and adapted plants are established, they require a lot less water than other plants do - native Texas plants have what it takes to "tough it out" in the heat. To help reduce the amount of water used—and money spent—on your landscape, consider converting to a Texas SmartScape™ yard or garden.
Give Water The Boot, Plant Texas Roots!
Why waste large amounts of time and money watering your lawn? Give water the boot and plant Texas roots! More than half the typical household’s summer water use goes to watering the lawn and garden. Converting to a water-efficient landscape through proper choice of plants and careful design can reduce this use by up to 50 percent. Native and adapted plants require a lot less water once they are established, than do other plants. By planting native and adapted plants and reducing the amount of turf grass in your yard, you can have a lush, beautiful landscape that requires minimal maintenance, which saves you time and money. The only question is, what are you going to do with the money you save? A new pair of boots maybe?
Texans are known for being loyal to their state, so why not extend that loyalty to your landscape? Native and adapted plants can tolerate even the harshest Texas weather, which means you don't have to replace them as often, and they require less water. About 40 to 60% of the typical household's water bill goes to irrigation. Native and adapted plants require 80% less water, once they are established, than do other plants. To help reduce the amount of water and money spent on your landscape, consider converting to a Texas SmartScape yard.
Beat the Drought, Go the Texas SmartScape Route!
Using beautiful native and adapted plants, plus a few simple maintenance practices, can save homeowners significant money while still giving them the lush looking landscape they want. And it's better for the environment!
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