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Monday, September 19 - Sunday, September 25
The data from Frisco’s weather station recommends watering once this week for .4 inches, on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.

Time-of-day Watering Guidelines
Irrigation controllers should be set to run before 10 a.m., or after 6 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time (DST). Running your sprinklers in the early morning and evening helps minimize water loss due to evaporation.

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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Ever-so-slightly cooler temperatures hint that fall is just around the corner. For residents needing to update their landscape, autumn is the best time to plant trees.

North Texas trees have to contend with a variety of tough climate conditions that are a natural part of living in our region. To help your investment thrive for decades to come, keep in mind a few guidelines for proper care and maintenance of trees in North Texas:

Plant native. Native or adapted trees are more likely to thrive in our area than trees that are unaccustomed to our hot summers, cold winters, and alkaline clay soil. Texas Smartscape and Texas A&M Forest Service both provide online resources to help with selection and planting of appropriate native and adapted tree species.

Plan the location carefully. Tree roots spread horizontally more than vertically as they grow during the tree’s lifetime. When planting, make certain that your tree’s roots have room to grow without encountering potential obstacles, such as sidewalks or utility boxes, or eventual space conflicts with your home’s foundation.

Water smarter, not harder. A young tree’s water needs are particularly finicky shortly after planting, and over-watering can kill a tree just as easily as under-watering. When planting, water the newly planted tree until the hole is soaked and the roots are saturated. Afterwards, a good rule of thumb is to keep the soil moisture content consistent at a depth of four to six inches. To apply the correct amount consistently, soaker hoses, drip lines and bubbler systems are often the most effective means of watering. Avoid using spray sprinklers to water trees, as the diffuse nature of this watering method makes it more difficult to determine exactly how much water is evaporating before reaching the extended root network.

Use fertilizer judiciously. When initially planting, don’t put fertilizer in the planting hole. In fact, it is generally best for your new tree to fill the hole around your tree’s root ball with the exact same soil that was removed from the hole, and resist adding amendments. This will prevent injury to the young tree’s roots, and also encourage them to grow out beyond the hole in search of nutrients. If planting in the fall, a good rule of the thumb is to wait for the tree’s first fertilizer application until spring of the following year.

Avoid over-pruning. Avoid over-pruning during a tree’s first growing season. Trees use their leaves to produce food and energy for growth, and require an extra boost after transplanting. If you do prune, prune only dead, diseased, or injured branches, and don’t use pruning compounds on pruning cuts.

In addition to their beauty, trees provide numerous benefits to our community, from increasing property values and decreasing energy bill costs, to cleaning our air and reducing ambient neighborhood noise. A little care and maintenance will go a long way in helping your trees thrive for years to come.
You've got questions. Our licensed irrigators have answers, but today our answer comes from one of Frisco's Senior Landscape Architects.

This week's question:

Why are the roots of my larger trees (16 year old oaks) coming up out of the ground? Is this because they are not getting enough water?  Will providing more water get them to go back underground?

First, it is not a bad thing to have roots exposed and it is desired to have the area immediately around the tree trunk (aka the root flare) exposed. That area within the first 12”-18” should not be covered up with dirt or even mulch as it is essential to the health of the tree for the exchange of oxygen and the prevention of diseases and insects from entering the tree.  Although it is characteristic for Live Oaks to have surface roots, excessive surface roots beyond the root flare can be a challenging problem for the maintenance of the lawn area, and it is most like the result of highly compacted clay soil, which makes it difficult for the tree roots to get the oxygen they need from the soil below.

In this region of Texas, arborists have several recommendations for what to do to get the roots to be happier in the soil. Most of these techniques have to do with using equipment specially designed to punch numerous holes into the soil and then filling the holes with various amendments such as biochar, humates and other organic products.  Once the soil develops healthier biology with microbes and earthworks helping to aerate and work the soil, the problem should be solved. It may be necessary to place a light fill of sandy loam soil over the roots (but not the root flare) so that the roots are no longer an unsightly problem that is difficult to mow over.

- Darell Bagley, Senior Landscape Architect

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Water levels in Lavon Lake, our primary water source, remain low. Residents are asked to continue limiting outdoor water use and follow specific guidance from their local provider regarding the timing and frequency of irrigation.

Help Keep Frisco Beautiful this Fall with out Second Annual Stream Clean!

Litter is by far the most common form of stormwater pollution, but YOU can make a difference! If you’re a Frisco family, organization, business, community, or someone who cares: join us for Stream Clean on October 15. Cleanup is from 9-11 a.m.
*Volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt, while supplies last!*
Irrigation Sprinkler Checkups - Watch for Changes coming later this year!

Conserve water and save money! Frisco's licensed irrigators offer free inspections to residents. Please be aware that our free Sprinkler Checkup program is extremely popular and there is currently a wait list going through September. 

Use the myFrisco app or call 972-292-5800 to schedule your 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 232.
Last week, the GPCD was 208.
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!
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