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A supplement to the Best Management Practices Manual produced by the Texas Water Conservation Task Force.

The Texas Urban Landscape Guide is a resource of science-based information related to the design, installation, and maintenance of WaterWise landscapes for the principal plant adaptability regions in Texas.

The type of information needed to implement WaterWise landscape practices varies considerably depending upon whether you are a homeowner looking for information to assist in designing your home landscape, a green industry professional seeking information of a specific nature for a business application, or an employee of a municipal water management agency needing specific guidelines related to urban landscape water use.

That's why we have designed the Urban Landscape Guide along three separate tracks. Much of the written information including links to other appropriate sites differs in the tracks; the PlantSelector database is common to all. Just enter the track that describes the type of information you need. Return to this index to select a different track if you don't find what you need.


  >>> Home owner/property manager

  >>> Nursery/Landscape professional

  >>> Municipal/government employee

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What is the Urban Landscape Guide?

Beautiful landscapes and wise water management go together. Good horticultural practice includes putting the right plant in the right place, and providing only the minimum inputs such as water and fertilizer.

This Urban Landscape Guide to wise water management in the landscape is a supplement to the Best Management Practices Manual produced by the Texas Water Conservation Task Force. In that Manual, references are made to installing water wise landscapes, but that term is not defined. The Texas Water Development Board funded preparation of a written manual with a supporting Web site to help those involved in developing and implementing best management practices.

This site is also of use to consumers and property managers who want to implement wise water management practices on their property. Information here can be used by water providers, municipal governments, homeowners, nursery/landscape professionals, property managers, and water conservation districts.

This site was prepared by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, consultant Chris Brown, Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Texas Water Development Board.