The state's continued dry-spell has many Texans improvising when it comes to their lawns.
“The first year that we had a drought, everybody was in denial, thinking next year it'll turn around," Chris Anderson with Anderson Landscapes said. “People are getting real serious about it now. They're tired of going in and having to replace dead plants that they had from the previous year, when they had previous water restrictions."
Anderson says more and more people are turning to Xeriscaping—a type of landscaping that involves a variety of low-water use plants.
"They don't have to deal strictly with cactus and yuccas, agaves and sotos,” Anderson said. “It's combining a little bit of color and greenery that doesn't poke you."
But in the past, some people were feeling the prick from their homeowners associations.
"There was some resistance from some HOAs that we worked with in the past because Xeriscape was new to them," Anderson said.
But in its recent session, the legislature passed a new law which says homeowners associations across the state are no longer allowed to prevent people from utilizing this type of landscaping.
"It'll make a big difference, particularly when we're at a time of a severe drought," Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson said.
Xeriscaping typically costs more up front, but many cost savings are felt long term.