Captain Ron’s Lawns can provide service to your Keller landscaping. A proper landscape design can help improve the landscape, the environment, and save time and money. Some advantages of a proper design include creating a better environment for urban wildlife, decreased water usage, and fewer chemicals; thus, reducing the potential of polluting the water systems, and less time, energy, and money spent on upkeep.
- What plants should I grow?
- How, when and where should I plant?
- What kind of irrigation system should I use?
- What type of soil do I have?
These are all questions we should ask ourselves when designing a landscape plan. But how do we get the answers that are best suited for our area? By learning about the climate in your region, the soil conditions, what type of plant material is best suited for your area, and what the kind of irrigation system that will meet your needs.
Step 1. Get familiar with your City’s surrounding natural landscape.
- Plant Hardiness Zone - Keller is in zone 7b, the average lowest temperature is 5 to 10F
(-15 to -12C). The National Gardening Association Web site can help locate what zone a certain zip code is in. It will also tell you what plants are suitable for that zone.
- Keller is located in the Cross Timbers Ecosystem (PDF), with the City being divided
between The Eastern Cross Timbers and Grand Prairie (PDF). View map (PDF) of Keller for a closer look.
- Keller has many soil types. They range from Clay, Clay Loam, Gravelly Clay Loam, Loam, and Fine Sandy Loam. View map (PDF) for more indepth location.
Step 2. Get familiar with your own yard. Is it sunny, shady, flat or undulating?
- Create a Plot plan and do a site analysis. By visiting these Web sites, you will have a good foundation to start your landscaping project.
- Get your Soil Tested, check out the soil testing link or ask your local landscaping store or nursery for more information.
- Do you have questions about Irrigation? If applicable, first check with your homeowner association for irrigation regulations. Also, you may want to review the City’s Landscape and Irrigation Ordinance (PDF). Lastly, stop by your local nursery or landscaping company for their input.
Step 3. Planting and maintenance of your yard.
- A Green Guide to Yard Care 2008 part 1, and A Green Guide to Yard Care 2008 part 2 (PDF)
Everything you need to know about greening your efforts in yard care.
- Arbor Day Foundation
Trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, link to home page.
- Botanical Research Institute of Texas or Brit
Home page to Botanical Research Institute of Texas for all your botanical needs.
Find the steps to composting. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Landscape and Irrigation Ordinance (PDF)
Rules and Regulations.
- Lawn Watering Guide (PDF)
Application strategy for watering your yard.
- Leave it on the Lawn (PDF)
Tips for healthy lawns and rivers.
- Texas Forest Service’s
This Web site provides everything to know about sustainable forestry and other helpful topics.
- Texas SmartScape
Get the in’s and out’s on how to do Texas SmartScape.
- Tree Preservation (PDF)
Find out what the City has to say about tree preservation, rules and regulations.
- Tree Selection
Texas tree planting and selection guide.
- Xeriscaping (PDF)
Seven rules to water wise landscaping.
Source: City of Keller