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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.

A good place to start is with AgriLife's Newcomer's Guide to Gardening - PDF.




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.


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  • 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 Texas A&M Water University publication "Water Efficient Lawn Care"
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