Rowlett Smart Yard Winner Fall 2023!
Congratulations to Sherry and the Smith Family, who were recently named as the Rowlett Smart Yard Winners for Fall 2023.
Thank you for your outstanding efforts in building a pollinator-environmentally friendly garden. Her goal is to raise butterflies and has chosen host plants, such as pipevine, rue, passionflower vine, fennel, and milkweed. Knowing that adult butterflies and bees need nectar, she has also added cosmos, sunflowers, mistflowers, and zinnias. By planting species that are natural to our region, she does not need to water her garden as often. She amends her soil with peat water and compost. Sherry's garden is an ecosystem, and most of the pests stay in check with very little interference. If something needs to be treated she typically uses water with a few drops of Dawn© dish soap.
Sherry has created an environmentally friendly landscape filled with designated drought-tolerant plants that encourage butterflies and pollinator populations to thrive, in addition to assisting with water conservation. Thank you, Sherry, on behalf of the City of Rowlett for your tremendous efforts that help preserve our pollinators and beautiful ecosystem for future generations.
Rowlett Smart Yard is a program dedicated to the community that allows us, Neighborhood Planning, to recognize residents and business owners that apply environmentally friendly landscaping practices that can save time and money, conserve water, and reduce yard waste and chemical use by simply putting nature to work in Rowlett yards and gardens. We encourage the development of integrated pest management (IPM) plans or using earth-kind principles that can improve the health and appearance of lawns and gardens while protecting and preserving our natural resources. Harvesting rainwater is also highly encouraged to help reduce water usage and save money while at the same time helping to improve local water quality and reducing streambank erosion and flood risks. So let's get started! If you or a neighbor have an environmentally friendly yard or garden that is worth recognizing let us know today. We will recognize the yards/gardens here for a month!
In 2021, the City of Rowlett became an affiliate of Bee City USA®, an initiative created by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, to help communities sustain and reverse pollinator decline. For more information about the City of Rowlett's commitment to sustaining pollinators, visit the Rowlett Bee City webpage.
The Texas Smart Yard nominee must meet the same selection criteria as Yard of the Season in addition to the environmentally-friendly practices mentioned below.
The City of Rowlett fosters broad-based community engagement in environmental awareness and sustainability initiatives starting with Rowlett Smart Yard, Tree City, and Bee City USA® affiliates.
The City of Rowlett has chosen to support and encourage healthy pollinator habitat creation and enhancement by joining Bee City USA® in the efforts to sustain pollinators by creating, restoring, and conserving healthy habitats, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides.
Environmentally friendly landscape practices help keep pollutants out of our watershed, reduce the amount of waste that must be treated, and provide habitat for pollinators, which are essential to every ecosystem on earth.
We need your help carrying out these initiatives that contribute to a healthy environment. Join us by practicing easy sustainable methods in your landscape by utilizing organic gardening techniques such as companion planting, ensuring your garden soil is healthy, and using an appropriate irrigation system that provides your garden with the right amount of water. Lastly, consider reusing, reducing, and recycling in your garden and everyday life!