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DALLAS -- Texas SmartScape is a water conservation and
quality program to reduce the amount of water, fertilizers and
pesticides required to plant and maintain a beautiful landscape. Use
of native and adapted plants and appropriate landscape maintenance
techniques are the keys to conserving water and reducing the amount
of fertilizer, pesticides and soil particles that contaminate lakes
in an area, according to the North Central Texas Council of
The North Central Texas Council of Governments has declared March
Texas SmartScape month, to promote awareness of landscape water
conservation. Check with your city or county or the NCTCOG Web site
(www.dfw stormwater.com/SmartScape/index. html) to see what Texas
SmartScape events are convenient for you to attend. Learn more about
Texas SmartScape by attending an event and receiving a Texas
SmartScape CD or visiting the Web site, www.tx smartscape.com.
According to the Texas Water Wise Council, at least a third of the
water used to irrigate landscapes is wasted by overwatering. When
irrigation water is applied faster or in greater quantities than the
ground can absorb it, water runs down the street into a storm drain.
Landscape runoff carries fertilizer, pesticides and soil into streams
and lakes, where it contaminates local reservoirs.
One key to prevention of runoff is to audit your irrigation system
to make sure it is working properly. Check sprinkler systems about
every three years. Sprinkler heads become clogged with salts and
soil. Plants grow in the way of proper water dispersal. Heads do not
pop up properly.
The SmartScape Web tool provides a database about plants that will
thrive in North Central Texas. The plant selection search displays a
picture of the plant and other information to help viewers select the
best plant for the right location.
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