Long periods of dry weather may necessitate a shift toward drought-tolerant landscaping, but this decision can be difficult for people who have invested in a traditional landscape. A step-by-step change, such as beginning with a home's entrance the first year, can help mitigate cost concerns, writes Jeff Floyd, a horticulturist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Universities and other institutions use this approach when changing their landscapes, and it can yield savings in the long run, Floyd notes.

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