BIG AS DALLAS in the heart of North Dallas, resides Stonebridge Ranch, one of the largest master planned communities in the country. With over 8,000 homes set on 5,000 acres, Stonebridge Ranch offers a well-balanced mix of office, retail and residential uses.
With a property this size, water is a major component of keeping the landscape looking its best but also was a big line item on the budget and one Stonebridge was looking to reduce. Collaboratively, Stonebridge’s HOA board and ValleyCrest, their onsite landscape maintenance service provider since 1991, developed a plan that included more efficient use of water resources.
A LARGE COMMUNITY REQUIRES A LOT OF WATER. OR DOES IT?
To support Stonebridge’s goal of reducing water usage by 30%, the team implemented water management practices that take into consideration Texas weather conditions, drought tolerant plant material and the availability of improved irrigation technology.
A dedicated daily crew maintains over 127 acres of plant material native to Texas, including drought-tolerant yucca and buffalo grass, which minimizes upkeep and water costs. To help further conserve water and reduce runoff, 7,000 cubic yards of mulch is spread over the grounds to retain much-needed moisture while drip irrigation was incorporated in many of the flower and shrub beds.
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