Sustainable Landscaping

It’s that time of year, when the plants in your landscape dig deep to strengthen their roots, you too can take stock of the bones of your landscape. Maybe there are some shrubs which no longer have the right type of structure and form or a section of grass that just hasn’t done well over the years. Now is a great time to take it all in and create a plan for the year ahead. 
We get calls all the time from people inquiring about how to achieve greater water savings and lower maintenance. Here’s the good news! It’s possible! Just because you want to create a more climate appropriate landscape for South Texas - doesn’t mean it needs to look like the face of Mars! (We get it, if that’s your thing - we’re headed your way with some Red Sand from Poteet and boulders from West Texas!) However, for the rest of you who are looking for a sustainable landscape that provides beauty year round, we have a few suggestions:
  1. Make a short list of the things you actually like. Maybe your mind often returns to a beautiful spot on a resort you visited in the past. Why not recreate that serene space in your own landscape? Odds are there is a way to do it on a budget and to a scale that matches your home. 
  2. Take a visit to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and look at the plants that are really thriving. The Gardens have a beautiful native plant section for you to enjoy. While some plants may look a little larger or unkempt in a native space, with limited trimming and selection of dwarf varieties - you may find exactly what your landscape needs. 
  3. Focus on sustainability. Your landscape should evolve and mature over time. Working with a talented design team will help you create a landscape that looks great every step of the way. 
When you’re ready to take the next step give us a call. Our team is ready to help you achieve a landscape that is uniquely yours! For the month of February we’re offering 10% off landscape designs when you mention this blog post. C’mon, you know that’s a great deal!   

Excellence On Purpose

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Tree Trimming In South Texas

Before you find yourself balancing on the top rung of your ladder, praying the wind doesn’t blow, take a few minutes to evaluate the situation. 

Red Tip Photinia CPR

So many times I go out on projects and see a recurring trend - diseased plants! One of the most common is Photinia Leaf Spot. Most of the time the client is at their whits-end when it comes to a solution for the issue. We’re huge proponents of preventing diseases, rather than trying to play defense and attempting to deal with an existing problem in the landscape. I’m going to share with you some basic steps you can take to improve the health of your plants and landscape.
  1. Remove Decaying Leaf Matter
I know what you’re thinking, “but composting is good for the soil”. You’re right, but one of the differences between your compost pile and the 2” of leaves under your plants is Heat! When you have a compost pile of leaves and other waste, the center of that pile heats up, killing the bad bacteria and spores that spread disease. On the other hand, the mat of decomposing leaf matter under your shrubs just doesn’t have the chance to get hot enough and begin a beneficial composting cycle. So your best bet is to remove them. 
  1. Prune
Take the time in the Fall to do the major pruning on your Photinias. You want to create good air circulation and plant structure. Don’t continue to prune in the Spring and Summer with the goal of just encouraging new growth. If things are getting out of control, go ahead and prune back what is required, but do the major work in the Fall. 
  1. Mulch
A critical step in any landscape is the proper application of mulch. You want to have approximately 3” of loose mulch around your plants. When mulch gets compacted it begins to cut off the flow of oxygen to the root zone. Make sure you fluff up your mulch a few times per year. 
  1. Treatment
If you have a heavy infestation of disease, it may require additional treatment. We prefer an application of organic fungicide, but there are also chemical options available. Read the labels and see what you are comfortable applying in your landscape. 
With a little bit of planning and care, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful color and structure of the Red Tip Photinia for years to come!  

Spring Green Up

Now that Winter has given way to Spring, it’s time to make sure your landscape is ready for the family! We want you to be able to enjoy the most lush lawn and vibrant blooms in the neighborhood. Here are a few quick tips for getting your landscape ready for the months to come! 
  1. Check your irrigation system for proper operation and coverage. 
  2. Remove any remaining dead or decaying growth from winter damage. 
  3. Fertilize plants and shrubs with a quality organic fertilizer. 
Following these simple steps you will begin to see results in as little as 5-7 days! BUT if you’d rather sit back and just enjoy the results, give us a call and we’ll take care of everything!