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Reminder About Winter Sewer Averaging

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The infrastructure that brings water to and from your home is truly a feat of human engineering. Water we use indoors (from the sinks, showers, toilets, or dishwashers) is carried away from our homes via our sewer system – a 686 mile network of underground pipeline designed to carry wastewater to one of two different wastewater treatment plants in Frisco. From …

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Cease the Grease

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During the holiday season, Texas kitchens are busy places. All of the delicious family festivities often result in a large amount of leftover fats, oils, and grease. This waste, commonly referred to as FOG, may be liquid and easy to pour while it is hot, but as these substances cool, they harden and solidify along the inside of plumbing pipes. …

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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With all the gremlins, goblins and ghosts out on the prowl, the SPCA of Texas reminds pet owners to keep your pet’s safety in mind this Halloween. The SPCA of Texas offers these helpful tips to ensure the whole family has a spooktacular Halloween this year: Don’t give any candy to your pets! Even a small amount of chocolate can …

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Fall Preparations

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Fall is upon us! As temperatures drop and garden perennials start their transition into dormancy, help your landscape maximize the benefit from this quiet period with a few preparations for your garden’s “hibernation.” Cover your soil. Autumn is a great time to get your soil ready for the next year’s planting and winterize your home and landscape. Bare exposed soil is more …

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Is Your Landscape Working Overtime?

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You may have the most well-manicured yard on the block, but if maintenance or lack of functionality prevents you from enjoying its use, then your landscape isn’t meeting its full potential. Historically, garden planning was focused on decoration and ornamentation, but modern landscape architects are increasingly seeking to incorporate both beauty and function into their design. Make your garden work …

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Native Texans In Your Garden

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Texas can dish out some tough weather conditions. From extended drought and seasonal heavy downpours, to extreme cold and sweltering heat, we experience it all – every year! Climate and weather in North Texas can be intense, but native and adapted plants are up to the challenge. Native plants are species that are indigenous (native to) our region. These are …

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A Garden For All Seasons

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Is your landscape a little drab during a few seasons of the year? Update your landscape to bloom year-round! Year-round or “four season” gardens incorporate color and interest through the changing seasons of the year. Before planting, create a garden design plan on paper to organize the location of plants blooming each season (this will also help you keep track of dormant …

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Fall Is Around The Corner!

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The fall season is officially upon us! As temperatures cool and you are preparing for the transition from the summer to the fall landscape, remember that over-seeding with cool season grasses such as winter rye or fescue is not permitted in Frisco. North Texas Blackland Prairie is naturally brown in the winter. While winter is a quiet period for our …

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Xeriscaping: An Introduction

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Despite its many benefits, xeriscaping has received an undeserved reputation over the years. By definition, xeriscaping is simply the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for excess irrigation. This means that xeric landscapes require little water beyond what is provided by natural rainfall in the area, and little to no fertilizers and pesticides. Xeriscaping encourages gardeners …

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Outsmarting Your Sprinkler System

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When it comes to your landscape, more water doesn’t equate to a healthier lawn. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 50 percent of water used outdoors is wasted. In Texas, water applied through automatic sprinkler systems is often never absorbed, because sprinkler systems are programmed with run times that are too long. Our heavy clay soils become saturated, …