What is a Texas SmartScape?
Improve your gardening smarts with Texas SmartScape. SmartScaping creates a lush and colorful oasis for your family and for Texas' native flora and fauna. By using native vegetation and plants that have been adapted to our climate, you can create a landscape that needs less water, pesticides, and fertilizer. These plants also attract hummingbirds and butterflies that call North Central Texas their home - make your yard a wildlife masterpiece!
How to SmartScape
SmartScape is a concept that helps you make the most of your yard, time, and money.
- Plan: - SmartScaping begins by planning a garden that accommodates your existing soil, moisture conditions, and sun exposure, as well as how you use your yard. For example, during the planning stage take steps to reduce watering by grouping plants with similar water needs together. Or decrease mowing time by replacing turf grass with a different ground cover in areas that don't experience a lot of foot traffic.
- Plant: - SmartScaping encourages the planting of native and adaptive perennials, shrubs, and trees. Because this vegetation is native to the area, it has evolved to thrive in the North Central Texas environment. This means:
- The soil naturally contains many of the nutrients these plants need.
- The hot and dry summer conditions do not overly stress these drought-tolerant plants.
- Many of these plants have their own defense mechanisms to fight off local diseases and pests
- Care: - The qualities of native and adaptive plants significantly reduce the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and water - changing the way you care for your yard. This not only saves you time and money, but it protects our streams and rivers.
- Requires less water - an important fact in North Texas where droughts are a reality.
- Reduces your water bill - during warm weather, 40 to 60 percent of your bill is a result of outdoor water use.
- Requires less fertilizer and pesticides - a high percentage of fertilizers and pesticides never reach the targeted plants, but instead becomes storm water runoff that washes down our storm water drains and eventually enters our waterways. Significant quantities of fertilizer and pesticides in our rivers and lakes can make them unsuitable for recreation and wildlife.
- It is less expensive to prevent storm water runoff pollution than to remove it. If concentrations of pesticides and fertilizers in runoff continue to increase, very costly options to treat runoff will be necessary.
- Invites native fauna to visit your garden - your yard can become a tranquil setting to watch and learn about birds and butterflies.
For more information, visit www.txsmartscape.com