You might enjoy this article, by a landscape architect I’ve heard speak on relevant tree topics, Peter MacDonagh –
He’s from Minnesota, yet he notes the importance of integrating water harvesting into plantings. He gets how much water we let or even make drain away from our Texas landscapes, not to mention so much of the arid desert southwest.
My favorite line of his (no offense to the conscious engineers out there): “when arborists or LAs show up at a meeting and recommend green infrastructure, we need to use every calculation, fact and figure. When an engineer shows up at that meeting, all they have to do is shoot from the hip. It’s an engineer’s world, so don’t forget that.”
I think I’ve been to those kind of meetings!