Clay Soil

Here in North Central Texas, we have clay soil which can make gardening a challenge. Clay soil has a low water infiltration rate (.10 inches of water per hour), and equally low drainage rate, which means that it is easy to over-water and drown our plants.

When dry, clay soil will crack, so the key is to maintain an even moisture level in the soil at all times. This means that all irrigation should be supplemental to rainfall, and irrigation should occur according to the cycle and soak method that allows your soil to better absorb the water it receives.

Optimizing Plant Growth

MulchMulch

Mulch is a material placed over the soil to maintain moisture, improve soil conditions, help with weed control, and prevent soil erosion. Another benefit to mulching is that your soil is less likely to compact, which helps root growth and development. 

Check out these resources:
Mulching Tips (PDF) - WaterWise
Proper Mulching Techniques - Trees are Good

CompostCompost

Just as recycling your unwanted items helps to keep items out of the landfill, composting helps to recycle your yard and kitchen waste. Compost is high in nutrients, helps improve soil drainage, and reduces the need for artificial fertilizers. It's easy to learn how to compost.

Here are some guides:
Composting - WaterUniversity, AgriLife
Mulching and Composting - Take Care of Texas, TCEQ

Regional Composting Program

The City of Frisco is a member of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) regional composting program. Yard trimmings collected from our residential curbside recycling program are not land filled; they are composted.

The finished material - compost, topdressing, soil blend, and mulch - is sold as Texas Pure. A limited supply of bagged product is available at no charge to residents at the Environmental Collection Center. Pick up is limited to 2, one-cubic-foot bags per month on the first Saturday of the month, seasonally, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Compost is available on a first-come, first-served basis, as supplies last.

Please call ahead to make sure that the product is available: 972-292-5900.

 Texas Pure can also be purchased at the following locations: 

Shades of Green Nursery
972-335-9095
8801 Coit Road

NTMWD Custer Road Transfer Station
972-727-6341
9901 Custer Road

Texas Pure is now offering the following coupons to Frisco Residents:

Texas Pure Products Coupon
City of Frisco Coupon