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Fall Curb Appeal

Fall doesn’t have to be boring and without color. Here are some tips to keep up your curb appeal.

Plant Fall Flowers

Add in color. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful flowers.

Highlight Your Front Door

Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.

Clear Out All Gutters

Staying on top of yearly and monthly maintenance lets buyers know you care about your home’s upkeep. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris, which will protect your home from water damage.

Add Outdoor Lighting

As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.
September 6, 2018 No Comments

Fall Patios

There are many ways to enjoy your yard in the fall and they all start with the patio. From relaxing on the patio and cooking out on your outdoor kitchen to warming up by the fire, it’s all about spending quality time at home. When planning your ideal outdoor space, prioritize what you will build by how you plan to use the space.

Patios

Build your patio build enough for seating and functionality. Rock or pavers can be a great alternative to concrete. Don’t forget to plan for shade in forms of unbrella, pergola or solid patio covers.

Firepits

Firepits are the perfect way to bring people together. You can get creative with the options from rock to metal.

Walk Ways & Trails

Walk ways create interest and purpose to your yard. You can have gravel, pavers, or concrete that meander through your yard creating movement even with the eye.

Beds & Planters

This is where your color comes into play. Flowers, plants and even mulch or granite can bring color to the beds around the yard and patio. They create a definition to your walk ways and patio.

August 25, 2018 No Comments

Prepping For Fall

Can you believe it’s almost September already?! There are things you can do now to prep for the fall. 

  • Start planning the fall garden. Clean up debris in the vegetable garden. Apply compost and mix in organic slow-release granular fertilizer to get ready for fall plantings
  • Explore native wildlflower seeds to plant this fall
  • Plant native grass seeds. There is a narrow window here in early September, while the ground is still warm, in which native grass seeds may be planted and established.
  • Plan for next spring by perennializing bulbs to add this fall  
  • Gently prune rose bushes and perennials for full fall blooming.
  •  If you haven’t done so already, be sure all bare soil is covered with mulch, or compost with mulch on top. Avoid putting mulch or compost onto plant stems. Use about three inches total wherever possible.
July 6, 2018 No Comments

Landscaping Tips For July in Austin, TX

SOW SEEDS

Annuals: Cosmos, Gourds, Morning Glory.

PLANT

Annuals: Blue Daze, Gazania, Geranium, Gomphrena, Marigolds, Periwinkle, Portulaca, Purslane, Zinnia.

Perennials: Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Copper Canyon Daisy, Cupheas, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Ox-Eye Daisy, Four-Nerve Daisy, Daylily, Eupatoriums (including Gregg’s Mistflower), Goldenrod, Kniphofia, Lamb’s Ears, Lantana, Plumbago, Ruellias, Salvias.

Xeric: Agave, Cacti, Nolina, Sotol, Sedums, Yucca.

Grasses: Maiden Grass, Bamboo Muhly, Gulf Coast Muhly, Big Muhly, Weeping Muhly, Mexican Feather Grass, Switchgrass, Inland Sea Oats (likes the shade!), Purple Fountain Grass.

FEED AND CULTIVATE

Fertilize landscape plants one last time before fall. Natives don’t need it, but non-native plants will appreciate a dose of Lady Bug 8-2-4,  Garden Pep Cottonseed Meal or Flower Power to carry them through the summer. After this feeding, allow your plants to “rest” until temperatures begin to cool off in the fall.

PRUNE, SPRAY, MAINTAIN
Don’t Forget to WATER!  Deadhead flowers. Pull up spent plants and compost them. Prune off dead limbs. Renew mulch. Add some yard art, a wind chime, maybe a birdbath.

Continue spraying all plants with seaweed on a regular basis. Spray on, and under the leaves, before sun-up or after sundown. (When temperatures are above 90°F, you shouldn’t spray anything, even plain water, one plant leaves during the day.) Seaweed contains micronutrients, trace elements and hormones, and it’s a great anti-stressor for plants. It’s also a good, healthy way to get rid of Red Spider Mites!

Watch for evidence of Take-All Root Rot in your St. Augustine lawn. Usually it is seen in the warmest, driest months when the grass is stressed.

June 6, 2018 No Comments

Landscaping Tips For June In Austin, TX

SOW SEEDS

Annuals: Castor Bean, Celosia, Coleus, Cypress Vine, Four O’clocks, Gomphrena, Gourds, Hyacinth Bean Vine, Impatiens, Marigold, Moonflower Vine, Morning Glory Vine, Periwinkle, Sunflower, Tithonia, Zinnia.

PLANT

Annuals: Ageratum, Amaranthus (Joseph’s Coat), Balsam, Begonia, Blue Daze, Celosia, Coleus, Copper Plant, Dusty Miller, Gazania, Geranium, Gomphrena, Impatiens, Marigold, Mexican Heather, Nierembergia, Penta, Periwinkle, Portulaca, Purslane, Torenia, Zinnia.

Perennials: Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Copper Canyon Daisy, Cupheas, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Ox-Eye Daisy, Four-Nerve Daisy, Daylily, Echinacea/Coneflower, Eupatoriums (including Gregg’s Mistflower), Frog Fruit, Gayfeather, Goldenrod, Horse Herb, Kniphofia, Lamb’s Ears, Lantana, Plumbago, Ruellias, Salvias, Sedum.

Grasses: Maiden Grass, Bamboo Muhly, Gulf Coast Muhly, Big Muhly, Weeping Muhly, Mexican Feather Grass, Switchgrass, Inland Sea Oats (likes the shade!), Purple Fountain Grass.

FEED AND CULTIVATE
In Central Texas, our lawns can be fed three times a year. The first application is in March or April, a summer application should be made in June, and a winterizing application goes down in September or October. The best fertilizer to use for all three feedings is our own house brand fertilizer, Lady Bug 8-2-4. We don’t say it’s best simply because we make it ourselves. Texas A&M University and The City of Austin tested several fertilizers, both natural and synthetic, and Lady Bug 8-2-4 came out on top.

Continue spraying with seaweed, but remember to spray your plants, including your lawn, after sundown. Once temperatures reach 90° F, you should avoid spraying anything on plant leaves, even water, during the daytime.

PRUNE, SPRAY, MAINTAIN

Don’t forget to WATER! Watering is the single most important activity in the garden, yet it’s the hardest one to get right.  Get to know your yard’s specific conditions, and water only as needed. Your finger is your best moisture meter. For most landscape plants and trees, it’s good to feel the soil about 5” down before watering. The best time to water is in the morning: daytime watering wastes too much precious water to evaporation, and wet leaves at night encourage fungal problems.

Mulch all bare soil areas.

Keep an eye on your lawn for chinch bug damage. The damage usually shows up in full sun areas (in hot, dry weather) as yellowing, then browning, irregular patches. Check the green areas next to the browning or yellowing areas for the tiny insects.

 

May 6, 2018 No Comments

Summer Landscaping Tips

It’s “Summah Time”!  Here is a look at some current landscaping trends and helpful tips on where to most efficiently focus your outdoor efforts. Simple outdoor touches can quickly and easily add to the enjoyment and fun of your backyard and ultimately become an extension of your living area.

  1. Add Native Plants: Here’s a helpful list to get you started.
  2. Add Colorful: Foliage can be used as an alternative to flowers for pops of color in your landscape. Don’t forget to make use of pots on the patio for color.
  3. Add Structure: Incorporate structural plants into your landscape. For example, boxwood hedges are attractive year-round and make a great foil for the colorful plants. If you are not a fan of the hedge look, consider small trees or shrubs with unique shapes.
  4. Add Water: Water is a peaceful element in any yard with a fountain, stream or pond.
  5. Add Lifestyle: If you and your friends like to hang out, patios and firepits are a great addition to any yard.

Are you ready to design the perfect landscape for your property? Are you finally ready to turn your backyard into the beautiful and functional landscape that you have always dreamt it to be? Contact Us to get started.

April 30, 2018 No Comments

An Adventure In Your Own Back Yard – Before & After

Who doesn’t love to go on an adventure? Our clients had the perfect yard to do just that. All they needed were some defined spaces and imagination to create a beautiful yard to enjoy all year long.

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Natural rock pavers create a pathway that leads you through the yard. River rock beds leads your eyes through the landscaping.

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April 10, 2018 No Comments

Simplicity Is Key To Modern Landscape Design

Tips For Modern Landscape Design:

 Modern landscape design is easy to achieve. It often comes down to less is more! Here are a few quick tips for modern landscape design in Austin, Texas.
  • Stick to straight lines when it comes to beds, walkways, and furniture. Organic or natural shapes tend to wind or curve which is NOT what you had in mind when you set out to create a simple and modern space.
  • Choose less plant options. Remember, keep it SIMPLE! Don’t be afraid of space. Space is an important element in modern design.
  • Pale colors or monochromatic color scheme is best for modern landscaping.
  • Use Rock and Concrete in your design.
  • Suggested Plants
    • Agave (Agave, many)
    • Succulents
    • Ground Cover
    • Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)
    • Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
    • Berkeley Sedge (Carex divulsa)

 

January 22, 2018 No Comments

2018 Landscaping Trends To Watch For

2018 is all about “living” in your yard. Here are just a few trends we are seeing in landscaping that creates a “livable” yard year-round.
Dog Centric Landscaping Ideas
DON’T: Use cocoa mulch, which may contain theobromine, the same ingredient that makes chocolate poisonous to dogs.
DO: Create a water feature so your dog can cool off on hot days.
DO: Landscape with urine-resistant plants, such as Euonymus japonica (Japanese spindle tree) and Burkwood osmanthus.
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