Want to have a yard that survives the summer in Dallas, TX ?

by / Tuesday, 03 September 2013 / Published in 06 Outdoor Living Spaces

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I know I sound like a broken record by now, but with each year that passes it becomes more apparent who important drought tolerant and water efficient landscape design is – especially if you want to have a yard that does not look like a moon landscape in August. The drought we have in Texas  - and in many other parts of the nation – is a serious issue and poses challenges for us as designers and builders as the issue unfortunately does not get a lot of media attention. Currently – in Dallas, we’re already restricted to only watering our yards, twice a week. That could change soon, according to this article in the Dallas Business Journal, to only once a week. According to sources at the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Lake levels are dropping at about 1 percent per week, the Star-Telegram said, which means tighter water restrictions could go in place in October. The North Texas Municipal Water District — which includes Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson — implemented the once-a-week limit on June 1. The goal of Stage 3 is to reduce water usage by 10 percent, the NTMWD said.

With this information in hand, we get a clear message: We cannot design landscapes the way we have for the last 50 years – with no regard to climate zone and water usage. The landscapes of today, simply will not survive tomorrow, so a drastic change is in order. What does that mean for our clients? It’s actually simple: Appropriately designed landscapes with less turf area and plant materials that survive without much water. There are many native plants that can be used to create such a landscape and will ensure that you don’t end up with a moonscape in August. Just one more reason to build with us – because we literally “think outside the box”. Fore more information contact Marc Kleinmann.

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