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Water Smart, Southlake

The Water Smart, Southlake newsletter provides helpful tips and advice on all things related to watering smart.  Every week, the newsletter explores topics relevant to responsible water use what you can do to save water and save money and what the City is doing to help you save money.  

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Sep 13

Southlake Fire Imagines a Day Without Water - 9/6/2016

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 3:43 PM by Hunter Harris

Can You Imagine A Day Without Water?

Imagine A Day Without Water is coming up on September 15th! This national campaign aims to educate people on the value of water and importance of water infrastructure. The City of Southlake wanted to showcase how valuable water is to us, so staff from multiple departments have shared how water is critical to our jobs here. The first department to share their story is the Southlake Fire Department. After you read their story below, tell us your own! How do you value water?

Ask the Expert: Planting Trees

 Many people assume that the fall is not a very good time of year to plant trees because trees start to lose their leaves and go dormant for the winter. But, actually fall is the very best time of year to plant trees and other shrubs! Since Texas has generally mild winter temperatures, tree roots tend to grow year-round and planting trees in the fall gives them a head start in becoming established and prepares them for a new year of growth in the spring. The established root system also helps a newly planted tree cope with the stresses of heat and drought in the summer. So if you are considering planting a new tree in your yard next spring, plant it this fall instead.

Post-Planting Tips
  • Lightly water the tree every day for a week. The second week, water every other day. After the third week, water as needed.
  • Don't fertilize the tree after you plant it - wait until spring for that.
  • Staking the tree is considered a last resort, as you want to encourage the tree's ability to thrive on its own. However, if the trunk is too weak to support itself, use two stakes on opposite sides of the tree, and remove them after a year.
Your Water Footprint

This tool helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your food? Your gadgets? What about the electricity that powers them? 
Free Kits For You!

Pick up your free Water Conservation Kit that comes with leak detection tablets, toilet tank bank, moisture meter, and more in Suite 200 at Town Hall. Supplies are limited, and only one kit is allowed per household.
Turf Grass Replacement

Thinking about replacing your turf, or even selecting grass for the first time? Be sure to do your research, as different species tend to thrive in certain areas and seasons. Need help? Check out the Texas A&M AgriLife guide below!
Weekly Watering Advice
This week's recommendation is for you to apply 0.25 inches of water to your lawn. Remember to water only on your designated days, between 6:00pm and 10:00am.  For more information on this, visit Water Is Awesome.