The proper landscape design can improve the landscape and the environment, and save you time and money.
The next several months are a great time to replace struggling or dead landscaping materials, allowing root systems to take hold before your new plants and trees face their first Texas summer. It is also the perfect time to consider swapping in native and/or adaptive plant varieties if you have run into trouble with your plant selections in recent years.
This page offers some helpful resources for selecting plants and caring for your landscaping, and Community Development staff is available to assist you with site-specific questions.
Step 1: Learn Your Landscaping Conditions
- Plant Hardiness Zone - Keller is classified as Zone 7b or Zone 8, depending on the resource you consult, with the average lowest temperature of 5 to 10F (-15 to -12C). The National Gardening Association website offers a handy Plant Finder featuring landscaping suitable for Zone 7b and the Arbor Day Foundation provides a list of trees that grow well in Zone 8.
- Keller is also located in the Cross Timbers Ecosystem, with the City being divided
between The Eastern Cross Timbers and Grand Prairie. View this MAP (PDF) of Keller for a closer look at your site's conditions.
- Keller has many soil types, including Clay, Clay Loam, Gravelly Clay Loam, Loam and Fine Sandy Loam. This MAP (PDF) offers an in-depth look at your site's soil conditions.
Step 2: Plan Your Property
- Landscape America offers some helpful tips for completing a Site Analysis that can assist you in identifying struggling plant materials or other landscaping issues.
- If you've had trouble with your plants, you may want to consider Soil Testing
- Of course, make sure you review the city's Landscape and Irrigation regulations and your approved site plan before starting any significant projects, and give our staff a call if you need assistance.
- Lastly, know what's below by calling before you dig! Please call 1-800-DIG-TESS (1-800-344-8377) to have the electric, gas, cable and telephone lines on your property marked. The City of Keller will also assist you in locating water and sewer lines affecting your property; call Public Works at 817-743-4080 to schedule this service.
Step 3: Consult Resources as Needed
- Lawn Watering Guide
Application strategy for watering your grass.
- Turf grass Tips
Learn more about warm season turf grasses that do well in North Texas.
- Texas Forest Service
This site provides everything to know about sustainable forestry as well as tips for assessing trees damaged by drought conditions and more.
- Texas SmartScape
Get the ins and outs of creating a Texas SmartScape, utilizing native flora.
- Tree Preservation
Find out what the city has to say about tree preservation, rules and regulations.
- Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
Home page to Botanical Research Institute of Texas for all your botanical needs.
- Tree Valuation Guide
Under Applications, go to iTree Designs and enter an address. Then, follow the instructions and it will give you a basic understand of the value of individual trees.