Posted by Joan Boahls
When in Drought Water Responsibly! Adopting water conservation principles, like planting native and responsible consumption in drought conditions, will help to preserve our landscapes and protect native species. How can we help from home?
By planting native, you can create a beautiful and sustainable yard that conserves water and will survive during Texas droughts. Native plants require up to 80 percent less water than non-native plants due to an efficient root system. Native plants learn to acclimate to the local weather, soil conditions, and to other native species. They require little to no maintenance and attract local pollinators.  Grass on the other hand is a water waster.
How Often Should You Water Native Plants?

● Your plant watering schedule will depend on sun exposure, soil type, and the time of year.
● Plants receiving 6+ hours of sun will require more water than a plant in the shade, water will evaporate faster in the sun.
● Sandy soils will allow water to infiltrate quicker but dry out faster than clay soils that hold moisture
● Remember: Native plants do not need as much water as non-native species. Water your plants when they need it by looking for signs of stress including dry soil, wilting, or color change.
. Use Water Conservation Techniques!
● WATER AT THE ROOTS: Avoid spraying water at the leaves of any of your plants
● USE MULCH: Mulch conserves water and protects roots from both high and low temperatures
● WATER IN THE MORNING: This allows for the plant to dry quickly if water gets on to the leaves
● USE THE FINGER TEST: Feel the soil. If the soil is moist, skip the watering, but if it is dry, go ahead and water