March is Texas SmartScape month, a regionally coordinated effort to promote the water conservation, pollution prevention, recycling, composting, and waste reduction principles of plants that are native and adapted to the Texas climate and need less water and fertilizer to thrive — even in the heat of Fort Worth summers.
Since March is an active month for landscaping, this is an excellent time to make your yard a SmartScape yard by planting native and adapted plants. Whether you’re in the market for a major landscape overhaul or just a few quick fixes to save water, go online to find the tools to help you succeed. You’ll find a searchable database that lists SmartScape-approved plants by color, shape, amount of sunlight or water needed. There is also a landscape design tool and care and maintenance tips.
More than half the typical household’s summer water use goes to watering the lawn and garden. Converting to a water-efficient landscape through proper choice of plants and careful design can reduce this use by up to half. Native and adapted plants require a lot less water once they are established.
By planting native and adapted plants and reducing the amount of turf grass in your yard, you can have a lush, beautiful landscape that requires minimal maintenance, which saves you time and money.
Look for a series of plant fairs at local nurseries this spring, where you can learn more about SmartScape and purchase water-conserving plants.