Austin, Texas, turns to sustainable landscaping to cope with drought

08/24/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The lack of rainfall in Austin, Texas, has led residents and landscapers to turn to native plants and prairie grasses because they can withstand drought and reduce water consumption. One restoration ecologist has helped revive 30 acres prairie land, which feature native grasses such as sideoats grama, green spangletop, Indiangrass and big bluestem. "[I]f we just search in our local flora for the right plants, we can create drought-resistant, regenerative landscapes," Simmons said.

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