HOUSTON -

Before you invest and start your spring landscaping, you may want to think twice about the type of plants and trees you choose for your garden or yard.

Texas is back in a drought with parts of southeast Texas in an extreme drought. Landscapers have some advice to keep your garden alive in our dry conditions.

"You definitely want to pick the right plants and a lot of them are labeled now: Drought tolerant and drought resistant," said Jared Durham, AJ's Landscape Supervisor.

As we head into summer, many meteorologists fear this will be another summer where more than half of the country including right here in Texas will be dried up by drought.

Landscapers say homeowners can start by doing a few simple things, like not watering your plants too much to get them used to drier conditions. Also add 2 to 3 inches of mulch around plants with an organic fertilizer.

If you're landscaping your garden or yard now, you may want to re-think grass, which is hard to maintain in a drought. Landscape architects recommend zero-scaping, which means no grass.

"Which is where you really try to conform the landscape so that it doesn't require as much water," said J'Nell Bryson, Landscape Architect.

Landscape architects recommend plants and trees like Boxwood, Indian Hawthorn, Crape Myrtle, Red Oak, Begonias and Star Jasmine.

States hardest hit by drought

Published On: Apr 05 2013 11:42:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

These seven states hit hardest by drought are running out of water ... fast.

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The U.S. has suffered one of its biggest droughts in recent memory, and that doesn't look to change much this coming spring and summer. Financial site 24/7 Wall Street ranked the seven states hardest hit by drought based on numbers from the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Index.