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Rancho Sienna News

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11 June . 2017

Rancho Sienna Embraces Native Landscaping for Beauty and Conservation

Since before it was popular to do so, Newland Communities has always looked for ways to protect and restore the land we develop, preserving or improving areas of natural topography and integrating them within the community plan itself.

As one of the newest Newland communities in the United States, Rancho Sienna is a prime example of our commitment to long-term sustainable development. One part of this commitment is communicating the importance of using native landscapes to preserve water. 
 
Here are a few tips from the Rancho Sienna Landscape Guidelines:

  • It starts with good soil. Get a soil analysis and add organic matter to beds. Reuse native soils whenever possible.
  • Reduce turf, because grass generally requires more water and chemicals to maintain.  Tip:  taller grass shades its own roots, lowering evaporation and requiring less water.  So let your grass grow a bit longer in the summertime.
  • Lawns – in a sunny yard, Zoysia is recommended.  Buffalo grass is in keeping with the native plant character but can be prone to weeds and does not tolerate a lot of foot traffic.   A hybrid species of Bermuda grass must be used in turf areas in front yards and areas visible from the street.
  • Use native plants for natural beauty and drought tolerance – see the links below for great native choices.  
  • Convert to drip irrigation to deliver water directly to the root and prevent water loss through evaporation.
  • Mulch to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature and prevent weeds.
  • Maintain your landscape as needed. With native landscaping, most maintenance occurs during winter months.

Some great local resources are the City of Austin Native and Adapted Landscape Plant Guide and The Native Plant Society of Texas.

Also, reference our other guide to native landscaping practices to see ways you can help maintain the natural beauty of Rancho Sienna.