2013 Native Landscape News

December 10, 2013

Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

As native landscapes disappear, wildlife disappears, and important ecological processes that insure outcomes such as clean drinking water, climate change buffers, and flood control also disappear. Read more from Healthylandandethic.com.

September 6, 2013

Native plants have advantages over imports that are good for the pocketbook and the environment

With drought gripping much of the state over the past several years, adding native plants to the garden makes sense for both environmental and economic reasons. Not only do these native, drought-tolerant plants consume less water, but they also use less fertilizer and offer greater disease resistance than nonnative versions. Learn more from Texas Co-op Power Magazine.

April 22, 2013

As SAWS Pushes Native Plants, Texas Legislature Considers Native Plant Bills

Keeping Texas looking like Texas should get a bit easier if two bills introduced by State Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) pass the Texas Legislature this session. HB 1116 would create a Texas Native Seed Competitive Grant Program to fund and promote the development and cultivation of native seed. If HB 1135 passes, a Native Seed Committee composed of 12 individuals from around the state will be charged with crafting a master plan for encouraging native seed production and diversity. More from The Rivard Report.

March 12, 2013

Water on the Home Front: New Report Highlights HOA Restrictions on Xeriscaping

“Texas faces an unprecedented water crisis, and most of the HOA landscaping rules that we found are barriers to the ability of ordinary homeowners to conserve,” said David Foster, State Director for Clean Water Fund and the report’s author. He added: “Lawn watering can account for 60% or more of a typical homeowner’s overall water usage.” Read More