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Earth Day 2021: Think Locally

Celebrate Earth Day with TCC!

Celebrate What is Unique about Tarrant County!

Our Environment

Tarrant County is located in USDA hardiness zone 8a. This means the average minimum temperature for the year can drop to 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Choosing plants for your yard or balcony that can survive temperatures that low will help you get many years of enjoyment out of them.

Tarrant County is located in the Cross Timbers region. It was originally a mixture of woodlands and prairies. Planting species that have a role in our native ecosystem will help provide habitat for native animals and keep your yard looking good while minimizing the amount of care and water you need to provide. 

Want to Know More?

DFW Community Gardens

Community gardens are a wonderful way to provide local, healthy produce to urban areas. Community gardens support outdoor learning for kids and adults, and often fill nutritional gaps in a community, ultimately fighting food insecurity.

Native Plant Database

Learn more about which native plants might work in your yard. Water University at Texas A&M sponsors a database that includes growing conditions and photos.

Sources for Native Plants

Due to the current coronavirus disruptions to retail stores, be sure to contact or check the websites of these stores to see what your contactless shopping options are.

Local Retailers

 

Online Retailers

Wildlife

As native habitats disappear, more wild animals are living in close contact with you. If you find injured, orphaned, or venomous animals, there are organizations you can call for help or advice.