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Water-wise Garden
Plan and Design
Soil Amendments
Appropriate Plants
Organic Mulch
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Efficient Watering
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Soil Amendments

Healthy soils grow healthy plants. Soil preparation is an important part of a successful water-wise landscape.  North Texas has a variety of soil types ranging from sandy to clay. The most common type of soil is black clay gumbo. By amending the soil with sufficient organic material, the black clay gumbo can become a suitable growing medium. 

Start with a soil analysis taken to your local county Extension agency or local nursery to determine the type of soil and nutrients in your landscape. Amending the soil for beds with a 50/50 mixture of organic compost and expanded shale is ideal for black clay gumbo soils. Apply at a rate of 4 to 6 depth and till mixture evenly into soil with a tiller to the depth of 12 to 18.