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Maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden requires attention to many different components; soil, plants and water. This can be challenging for both life-long residents and newcomers to the North Texas area. We're here to help you find resources to navigate gardening in McKinney.



Good Soil is the Key to Success

The primary soil type in McKinney and Collin County is Houston Black Clay. While extremely fertile, this soil can only absorb about .10" per hour making it difficult to establish healthy soil for landscape beds as we often overwater and drown our plants.

To help avoid this, adding amendments, such as mulch or compost, and aerating your soil can help to improve conditions to grow healthy plants.





  • Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn. They also help its ability to retain nutrients, resist erosion, and maintain cooler temperatures during the summer heat. They do not contribute to thatch.
  • Mow higher, mow regularly and more frequently. Taller grass allows a deep root system to develop and that means your lawn will require less irrigation. 
  • Download the Upper Trinity Water District publication "Water Efficient Lawn Care"


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The Right Plants for the Right Place

Here in North Texas, we can spend a lot of water to keep plants alive throughout our hot summers. By planting native and adapted plants, plants proven to tolerate the heat, we can all do our part to save water, improve the water quality of our local creeks and extend the habitat of butterflies, hummingbirds and honey bees to name a few.

Visit one of our demonstration gardens:

Learn more about native & adapted plants: