Texas officials use shade to cut mowing costs

12/2/2009 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Officials with the Harris County Flood Control District are using shade trees to help reduce mowing costs. The district has planted thousands of trees that cast shade on the flood channel banks. Mowing is required less frequently because the grass grows slower in shady areas. So far, the strategy has saved the district about $210,000 per year, an official said.

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