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Old 06-05-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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Instead of doing something tacky with plastic plants and astroturf, go down to the Plano Community Garden and the Texas A&M Agrilife center, and get some info and assistance with native Texas plants. We have excellent nearby resources to deal with the water problems.
Agreed. People seem to think your only choices are to have a green lawn that sucks water or go hard-core xeroscaping with cactus and desert plants. Or, I guess in this case, go artificial. But you can dramatically reduce your grass (and thereby your water use) by adding beds full of drought-tolerant perennial/bushes and native plants, and have a beautifully lush and colorful landscape with very little supplemental water. Just takes a little education to know what to put in the ground. Fortunately, there are a LOT of resources out there. The ones Overdog mentioned are good. Also look up the Master Gardeners for your county for advice or talk to your local nursery that specializes in native plants (Northaven Gardens in Dallas, Shades of Green in Frisco, etc).
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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Watering your foundation with soaker hose is allowed in stage 4 so foundation care isn't even an issue.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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Why not just grow some cacti, aloe, desert willow if you want to conserve water? Plastic flowers and plants are pretty lame
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:39 PM
 
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I like the Texas-scape yards. Hopefully it will become a trend. Lake levels are getting low.

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Old 06-05-2014, 04:24 PM
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Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Can we spray paint the dirt green ?
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Old 06-05-2014, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Colleyville
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I have said before on another thread that I get the love for a lush green yard but many xeriscaping plans can look really really nice and it doesn't have to have a Southwest or desert look. Many parts of Italy and even France have drought resistant type looks (pea gravel, lavender, rosemary, etc). It's not all yuccas and cacti.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Funky town
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Wonder what that will do to the foundation requiring a certain amount of moisture.

Plano soils + No water = Foundation problems ?
It is a better soil than castle hills and valley ranch. Wonder what will happen to them if they hit stage 4
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:19 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Agreed. People seem to think your only choices are to have a green lawn that sucks water or go hard-core xeroscaping with cactus and desert plants. Or, I guess in this case, go artificial. But you can dramatically reduce your grass (and thereby your water use) by adding beds full of drought-tolerant perennial/bushes and native plants, and have a beautifully lush and colorful landscape with very little supplemental water. Just takes a little education to know what to put in the ground. Fortunately, there are a LOT of resources out there. The ones Overdog mentioned are good. Also look up the Master Gardeners for your county for advice or talk to your local nursery that specializes in native plants (Northaven Gardens in Dallas, Shades of Green in Frisco, etc).
I won't go to Northaven anymore, everything I ever bought there died. And their advice on my lawn was a total waste of time.
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