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Monday, December 26th - Sunday, January 1st
Based on the data from Frisco’s weather station, no watering is recommended this week due to the recent rainfall.

Watering Schedule Map - Set Your Controller - Cycle & Soak Watering - Free Sprinkler Checkup
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Happy New Year, Frisco! We wish you a joyous and prosperous 2023.

As you write down your resolutions, consider adding an updated, water-efficient landscape to your list! Not sure where to start? We’re here to help. Below are a few of our favorite WaterWise tips for creating a beautiful, low-maintenance yard.

Go native. This spring, consider replacing non-native annuals with native perennials. These native and adapted plants require less maintenance, grow year after year, and save water and money. An enormous variety of plants are native to our area. Plant SMART Frisco is an excellent resource for creative ideas and plant inspiration.

Stop the sod cycle. Every spring, North Texas residents resume a never-ending battle with the sod beneath their growing trees. While some Texas turf species might be more shade tolerant than others, warm-season perennial grasses are adapted to full-sun conditions. This year, instead of once again replacing your sod, work with your tree (a beautiful and important long-term investment) by expanding the mulch bed beneath the crown of the tree or installing shade-friendly ground cover. As your tree grows and matures, so will the crown of the tree, and your mulch bed should grow in size along with it.

Consider the addition of a hardscape. Would you like to reduce your outdoor water use while increasing functionality for entertaining? This year, consider converting a portion of your backyard to a hardscape. Hardscape materials can range from extended patio areas to decorative pavers throughout your garden. There are a variety of options that complement every style.

We want to see your WaterWise makeover! Track your progress as you work towards your new sustainable landscape by taking “before and after” photos of your garden, and send them to WaterWise so we can showcase your progress.
Join Dr. Steve George as he goes into depth on the Earth-Kind gardening technique, with a hands-on demo of making it work with our thick, wet clay.
You've got questions and our Licensed Irrigators have answers.

This week's question:

I'm interested in making a more water-conservative landscape for my home, but I am worried about my HOA denying it. Do you have any suggestions on how to talk about it with them?

Hello there!
This is a question I get frequently when doing outreach events, and I do have good news for you. The state of Texas is heavily invested in water conservation. It has a good number of laws focused on defending the home owner's rights to make water conservation changes to their property.

In 2003 Texas passed Property Code 202.007, I like to call it the James Bond law to help myself remember it. Property Code 202.007 regulates when a Property Owners Association, such as an HOA, can and can't regulate a homeowner's changes to their property for water conservation reasons. 

The Summary:
A property owners’ association may not include or enforce a provision in a dedicatory instrument that prohibits or restricts a property owner from:
  1. implementing measures promoting solid-waste composting of vegetation, including grass clippings, leaves, or brush, or leaving grass clippings uncollected on grass
  2. installing rain barrels or a rainwater harvesting system
  3. implementing efficient irrigation systems, including underground drip or other drip systems
  4. using drought-resistant landscaping or water-conserving natural turf.
What this means, HOAs cannot outright tell you no when you are trying to make changes that fall under one of the four topics above for the purpose of water conservation. What they can do is have you meet certain requirements, such as placing a water barrel behind the home, blocking it with a fence line, or giving you a list of pre-approved water-conservative plants you have to use in your new landscape.

I encourage you to read the full outline of Property Code 202.007 because it does allow for a couple of small exceptions. As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know.

Ted Pick Jr, WaterWise Educator and Outreach Coordinator

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In observance of New Year's Day, The Environmental Services offices and the Environmental Collection Center will be closed Monday, December 2. The Environmental Services offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, and the Special Collections Drop-Off (HHW) will re-open on Wednesday, January 4.

As the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, there will be no holiday schedule changes to residential recycling or trash services.
Valve Locate Services

Conserve water and save money! For a limited time, WaterWise Licensed Irrigators are offering a FREE Irrigation Valve Locate Service. During this visit, our irrigators will attempt to locate irrigation valves, test your solenoid and rain/freeze sensor, and reset your controller if needed. Use the myFrisco app or call 972-292-5800 to schedule your appointment today!

*Appointments began November 1st but residents may schedule today.

Please note that due to time constraints, irrigators will not be able to perform a full Sprinkler System Check-up or find broken or nicked wires during a Valve locate appointment.
GPCD: Frisco's Water Statistics
The average daily water usage per person in Frisco is known as the GPCD. Calculations are obtained by dividing the total number of gallons used in Frisco by our city's population.

This week in Frisco, the GPCD was 121.
Last week, the GPCD was 103.
2022 Water Quality Report
Frisco water meets with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. Learn more by reviewing the Superior Rating. The City of Frisco is proud to let its customers know they receive safe, high-quality drinking water. Frisco’s water system has an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

To learn more about how Frisco keeps your drinking water clean, check out the City's most recent Progress in Motion video!

Overseeding is Prohibited in Frisco

Save money and water by letting your lawn go dormant this fall and winter. Overseeding your lawn with cool season grasses, such as rye and fescue, is prohibited in the City of Frisco. The exception is for erosion control and public spaces where safety is a concern. (Ordinance 19-04-34 Section 8).
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