North Central Texas Smartscape
Post Archive 2016
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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!
2016 Texas SmartScape Voter Guide
Staff and SmartScape participant communities have been hard at work creating the third edition of the Texas SmartScape digital magazine. This 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.
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.
Don't forget to "cast your vote" at one of our plant sales. Find out about event locations, times, and more.
March is Texas SmartScape Month
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.
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! Learn more.
(Note: The April 30th plant sales in Plano, Richardson, and Waxahachie were cancelled due to weather conditions. These events will not be rescheduled. The cancelled March 19 plant sales in Cleburne and Lewisville have been rescheduled to May 21.) Learn 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!