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Get Help with Your Landscape this Spring

Many residents will soon begin working to prepare their landscape for the Spring growing season - - improving soil, selecting plants to install, fertilizing turfgrass and checking the sprinkler system. Knowing the best way to create and manage a sustainable landscape may not be an easy task. Join us as local experts share tips on soil and plant care, efficient sprinkler system usage and other gardening topics each Wednesday beginning March 10 from 12pm to 1pm. These classes will be held virtually. Residents should register online.

During the summer, 50-80% of all our water is used outdoors.

This means that conserving outside can add up to significant water savings and reduce your water bill. Not only does this save you money, but it also ensures that our region will have the water it needs in years to come.

Need more information on plant selection, efficient and cost effective ways on watering your lawn or proper sprinkler maintenance? Check out the new Water Efficient Lawn & Garden Care for North Texas brochure we created in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension - Dallas Center!

How You Can Help

It is possible to have a healthy landscape and save water. In fact, many plants grow better when they receive just the right amount of water. Below are some simple tips for saving money and water when caring for your landscape. You can also request an irrigation system evaluation.

Water-Saving Tips:

  • Water before 10 am or after 6 pm

  • Use the cycle and soak irrigation method:

  • Irrigate only twice a week, if needed (actually helps your lawn grow a deeper, healthier root system). For more info on when and how much to water, view/sign up for your area’s Water My Yard suggestions.

  • Water trees properly with drip irrigation:

  • Choose native and adapted plants suited for our North Texas climate. If you need some help choosing, visit Our Conservation Garden page for suggestions.

  • Use a rain barrel to catch rain to use instead of tap water whenever possible.

  • Check your irrigation system regularly to make sure it is running efficiently and fix it when necessary.

View the above for additional suggestions on:

  1. Replacing an irrigation system spray head

  2. Replacing an irrigation system spray nozzle

  3. Installing wireless rain and freeze sensors

  4. Converting from spray to drip irrigation

Teaching Students to Save

Teachers, want to encourage your students to conserve? We can provide educational tours of the Taylor Regional Water Treatment Plant and the Nancy Tam Water Wise Garden for your students. Check out our Teacher Resources.