Texas Tough, Texas True: Smartscape Gardens are Drought Tolerant as Well as Pest and Disease Resistant
By Melissa Walker, Environmental Education Specialist
Posted on March 01, 2021, March 01, 2021

Texas Smartscape

March is Texas SmartScape™ Month! This is a regionally coordinated effort to promote water conservation, pollution prevention, composting, proper lawncare maintenance and waste reduction principles of Texas SmartScape™.

These principles offer a variety of advantages for local ecosystems and homeowners’ wallets. SmartScape™ methods not only add aesthetic value, but also contribute to the control of temperature, erosion, and invasive species while providing a habitat for a variety of pollinators. These methods also mitigate excessive amounts of fertilizer and water required by conventional lawns, which can harm local bodies of water and the wildlife that rely on them.

SmartScapes™ are adapted to the Texas heat, drought tolerant, pest and disease resistant, and beneficial to animals and insects. They are not desert scapes, rock gardens or cactus patches. SmartScapes™ utilize native and adaptive plants to conserve water, reduce stormwater runoff, reduce water pollution, provide wildlife habitat and save money. Learn more at txsmartscape.com.

By incorporating Texas SmartScape™ plants and strategies into your lawn care routine, you have the potential to save money, time, water, and reduce harmful chemical use. SmartScape™ approved plants are native and adapted to the North Central Texas climate and need less water and fertilizer to thrive in the intense heat of Texas summers. Try looking up the plants featured in our ad this year – Penstemon, Blackfoot Daisy, and Gayfeather – to see how these tough Texas plants thrive in a variety of light and soil conditions. In addition, the Texas SmartScape™ program encourages proper design, care, and maintenance techniques to better protect the environment. Since March kicks off landscaping season in North Texas, this is an excellent time to turn your yard into a resilient and attractive SmartScape™ yard by planting native and adapted plants. This year when you turn your lawn into a Texas SmartScape™ yard your yard will be Texas Tough, Texas True!

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