Erin Spencer

Erin Spencer

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Posts By Erin

May 3

The reasons in which plants benefit from rainwater are vast and at times complicated, to the point where one could write a dissertation on the subject. Seemingly, the basics are simple, but if you are the curious type this article may leave you with more questions than answers.   Hopefully, not too many questions.  Nonetheless,…

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Mar 4

Sticky weed, sticky willy, bedstraw, or velcro plant as it’s otherwise lovingly referred to is actually called Galium aparine. “Galium comes from the Greek word ‘gala’ or milk referring to some species of Galium ability to curdle milk” and aparine, also derived from Greek, means “to seize” or “cling”. (1) Both qualities make sticky weed a surprisingly useful and menacing plant. Sticky weed is native to vast…

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Dec 3

If you’ve ever traveled up North you may have noticed a significant difference in the style of trees you typically find there compared to down here in the lone star state. Conifers are very popular in colder and higher elevations due to their resiliency to those extreme conditions. However, not all conifer species have adapted…

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Nov 1

Time Is Money

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Plants are living things, and just as we grow throughout our lives, so do they. Aside from the rewarding experience of watching your yard begin to flourish, planting immature plants is a cheaper and more effective way to acclimate your plants to their surroundings. However, this should come with the understanding that your landscape may look more barren than you were hoping for during the initial stages, and…

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Aug 1

This couple had just built a new house on the outskirts of Austin and were in need of some new landscaping to go with it. For their large slopped yard they wanted limestone boulders to break up the space and keep it natural while a flagstone patio and fire pit could be the fun focal point to the design.

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Aug 1

Concrete is a material landscape architects are all too familiar with. Highways are built with it, downtown depends on it, even features that don’t have concrete as the main focal point will often use it somewhere for structural support. However, I want to talk about concrete and its aesthetic achievements.  Long past are the days when a concrete patio was just…

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Aug 1

This past month as I was skimming through the vast catalogues of pinterest boards and  landscape portfolios I came across a simple, but wonderfully executed, blog called Drawn to Garden by Erin Lau. After looking through her website I felt compelled to try out my artistic chops and create a perspective drawing (shown below) following the guide she laid out in her blog…

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Jul 2

If heat and drought weren’t enough to make you worry about your plants, never forget about those ruthlessly resilient, tiny and terrible, spider mites. I hate spider mites. For the brief few weeks I’ve experienced their presence they’ve completely sucked the life out of my house plants, many of which I was already trying to…

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Jun 4

As the summer sun slowly starts to peak over the horizon, many Texans will be traversing  indoors this year to experience that little bit of modern magic we like to call air-conditioning. AC isn’t just a luxury it’s a life-saver, especially in urban settings. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some downfalls. Aside from their contribution to green house gases, old filters and inefficient machines…

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May 1

It’s officially Spring, and in  Austin that means thunderstorms, rain, and with it the occasional flooding. With all that extra water comes an increased risk of damage to local infrastructure, and homes if not properly accounted for. Luckily, more and more cities and individuals are finding creative ways to mitigate and manage these risks with a ‘landscape first” approach that increases our resiliency to natural…

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