Texas TAX FREE Weekend for Water-Wise Plants, Mulch, Compost, Irrigation Supplies
You might be aware that there are State Sponsored TAX FREE holidays for Back to School and Emergency Preparedness items BUT did you know there is also a TAX FREE weekend for Water Saving Products?!!
As plant lovers and gardeners ourselves, we are THRILLED that many gardening related products will be discounted this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 29th– 31st.
What’s Tax Free?!
Residential lawn and garden customers can buy the following products without tax:
Drip Irrigation: helps save water by slowly placing water closer to the root zone, where plants can take advantage, reducing evaporation and excess runoff, lowering your summer water bill!
Mulch: reduces weed pressure, but also helps hold in water in addition to helping more water infiltrate the soil during rain events. Our favorites for the landscape are 2”-4” of cedar or hardwood mulches, spread around trees, shrubs and perennials. Or try straw or pine straw mulches, which work best for the vegetable garden.
Compost: can be made at home with food scraps or yard waste you normally throw away, but if you don’t have enough on hand, buy it tax-free Memorial Day weekend and take advantage of the many benefits compost has, like helping hold moisture in the soil during hot, dry summers.
Plants!!! Trees, Shrubs, Perennials and Grasses also qualify for the tax savings, but be sure to choose drought-tolerant native and adapted plants that are well adapted to the summer heat… especially when planting in late May or early June.
With temperatures already soaring and unpredictable summer rainfall patterns on the way, set yourself up for success by picking from Rooted In’s “Top 100 Plants for North Texas” that are resilient and can be successfully established this late in the season.
Visit comptroller.texas.gov for more details.
What Else is Tax Free?
WaterSense® Labled Products
During the holiday period, residential customers can buy any product tax free that displays a WaterSense® label or logo. These items can be bought for either personal or business purposes.
- Bathroom Faucets
- Irrigation Controllers
- Spray Sprinkler Bodies
Contractors, Landscapers and Other Service Providers can also save:
Qualifying ENERGY STAR® Products
You can buy, rent or lease only the following ENERGY STAR®–labeled items tax free:
- Air conditioners (with a sales price of $6,000 or less)
- Refrigerators (with a sales price of $2,000 or less)
- Ceiling fans
- Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
- Clothes washers
This article was provided by Daniel Cunningham, Rooted In Horticulturalist. You can find him on social media @TXPlantGuy.