It’s starting to look like another dry year in our part of the world. If this drought cycle persists, there may be more aggressive water restriction in our future. The water supplied from the new Lake Texoma pipeline is set to go on line in May. That may be a moot point since Zebra Mussels have been found in Lake Lavon. One thing is for certain, it will cost more money to water our landscaping.
How are we going to adapt new landscaping? Remove it, pave it and paint it green? Yes, that is an option but it won’t do much for the curb appeal of the house. A more eye pleasing approach would be large beds, lots of mulch with very well adapted plants. We have already talked about bed prep so now it is time to pick the plants.
This is the area where we can (I have) go terribly wrong. Questions that need to be asked before you start looking are; how much sun or shade will the bed have; what is the height limit of the bed? In others words do you need a 15 foot tall shrub when the roof starts at 9 feet? Pick plants that answer the sun, shade and height questions. Do the research and make a list of the plants you want. Take the list with you to the nursery. Double check the plant tags for mature size and ask questions if you have them. Don’t forget to ask about warranties on your plant purchases. If you can’t find a specific species, just pick another variety that will fit in your plan and move on. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures. When you are finished the before, during and after pictures will make you smile. Click here for help picking the correct plants for your landscaping.
It’s about time to put the fertilizer out for the lawn. It makes no difference if it is synthetic or all-natural. Follow the directions and water it in properly.