Nov 9

We sat down with the experts over at Garden Seventeen to create the ultimate planting and care guide for your landscaping this fall and winter! The specific products we discuss will link to their online store where you can place online orders for curbside pickup. For any and all help with landscaping upkeep, seasonal planting, and other general maintenance, contact us today! We would love to help your landscaping look great year round.


Plant Those Perennials!

With the cooler weather comes the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, clumping grasses and cold tolerant perennials. Spring planting is great too, but why not let your plants get a jump start on their root systems during the colder months?

Due to our (mostly) mild winters, most outdoor plants here in central Texas will continue to develop their root systems when our temperatures are above 40 degrees. And since most of them are dormant during the cooler months, they can spend all their energy getting those roots established. Then when spring is here, the plants will have all this energy to spend on regrowing their foliage and flowers!

Just because our days are getting shorter and colder doesn’t mean you can’t have a pop of color in the landscape. Don’t forget about adding some annuals to the yard while you’re waiting for your trees and shrubs to wake up! Ornamental kale and cabbage can last you into the spring while pansy, dusty miller, alyssum and cyclamen can all add color and texture to your beds during those gray days.

Check out this guide that Garden Seventeen put together on how to plant outdoor landscaping plants. It also includes important resources we use when referencing planting times and native plants! You can find more important info like this when visiting the store by scanning the QR codes found on their large signs. Check them out on your next visit!


Get Ahead Of Winterizing Your Plants & Landscaping

Mother Nature is getting ready to start sending us some cooler weather so now is the time to start prepping our plants! Here are a few steps and ideas to help our outdoor plants transition into the cooler weather.

  1. If you haven’t already been spraying your plants with liquid seaweed, this is a great time to start! Liquid Seaweed has over 90 components that help plants become more disease & fungal resistant, as well as making them better suited to withstand temperature changes. Spray a fine mist on plants every two weeks. This includes fruit trees and indoor plants! We recommend using a sprayer like this one (or this smaller version) to apply this to your plants.
  2. Make sure you have plenty of N-sulate Blankets and/or Plankets. These are plant freeze blankets and are a far better alternative than using tarps, sheets, or plastic! Plant blankets allow light and air through, but not moisture, so they can cover plants for longer periods without smothering them. N-sulate works by covering plants, then using heavy items like rocks to hold it down to the ground, trapping in the heat of the earth. Plankets work best for container plants because the bottom conveniently tightens around the pot, keeping the plant safe and warm.
  3. Native perennials, trees, and shrubs will all be able to withstand our winter weather. Most perennials will go dormant for the winter with our first hard frost, meaning the tops will brown but the root system will still be alive. Some trees, such as Crape Myrtles, will also go dormant. When they are completely free of foliage, this will be a great time to trim and shape. Garden Seventeen carries all types of clippers, trimmers, and loppers. Feel free to bring in pictures of dormant plants and trees and we can help you to decide how and where to trim.
  4. It isn’t too late to lay down pre-emergent for your lawn. Garden Seventeen carries Corn Gluten spreadable which is a great option and helps cut down weeds for the next season! To help your lawn for the winter, spread MicroLife Humates Plus and water in with Medina Soil Activator. This will help aerate the lawn, softening our hard, compact soils.
  5. It is time to spread Annual Rye Seed. This is a wonderful cover crop for lawns and garden beds. Rye will grow in sun or shade and will last until April. Just make sure not to put down in conjunction with Corn Gluten.
  6. When the night temperatures dip below the 45 degree mark, it is time to bring tropicals and houseplants inside. If the containers are large, or you don’t have a lot of help, plant caddies are a great tool! Having large pots on solid rolling casters makes moving pots into your home much easier!
  7. Before bringing your houseplants and other ornamental container plants inside for the winter, fertilize with MicroLife 6-2-4 and treat with Systemic Houseplant Granules. This way, no pests will come in and the fertilizer is good for the 2+ months the plants will be inside. If you wish to skip on the granular fertilizer, we suggest using a liquid fertilizer every other month during the slow growing months. These HastaGro or Microlife products are great liquid alternatives. Don’t forget to dilute them according to the labels on each product!
  8. When bringing your ornamentals inside, check the lighting for your plants. If your home has low lighting, Garden Seventeen does carry Grow Lights. These lights are very high quality and come backed by their team members who have them on their plants at home!

Protecting Your Plants

A light freeze is between 32 and 29 degrees. A hard freeze occurs when the air temperature falls to 28 degrees or lower and then stays below 32 for long enough to freeze vegetation and cause ice formation in standing water. Here are some tips and tricks to protect your plants from a hard freeze!

Mulch your beds and around young trees! Place mulch 3-4 inches in beds as well. This will help to act as an insulator agains cooler temperatures.

Water ahead of predicted cooler weather! When there is a hard freeze, make sure to water all outdoor plants well, even deep watering young trees. This also acts as an insulator to the roots!

Cover with a N-Sulate or Blanket plant blanket during the hard freeze.

For any plant care and health questions, please go in to speak with a sales associate directly! They will show you everything you need to make your plants and landscaping happy and ready for seasonal changes. Be sure to bring in photos to give them a good idea of what you’re working with!

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Oct 8

 

This mid-century ranch makeover was designed to create an exciting outdoor living space to compliment the homeowners’ in-ground pool and outdoor movie theatre. We wanted the unique style of the home to extend into their outdoor space. Architectural plants paired with the movement of softer flowers and grasses blend into a visually striking and relaxing space for this young family to entertain and enjoy! Texture was a big influence in this landscape with a mix of hardscape and foliage to fuse the space into a modern rustic charm. Windmill palms, cacti, and yuccas were paired with flowering perennials and ornamental grasses to provide seasonal bursts of color and amplify the southwestern ambiance.

Cafe lights and hitching-post towel racks were selected for a cozy and eccentric Austin flare. Artificial Turf was installed to replace the pre-existing pea gravel to soften the landscape and create a more pet-friendly backyard for their dog to play in. An outdoor kitchen with a raised countertop for extra seating was built within access of two doors for hosting and cleaning convenience. With this backyard makeover, the hosting possibilities are endless!

 

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Jun 24

We have had the pleasure of working on multiple projects for this property over the past few years! It has been great to watch the property change and turn into the native oasis it is today! The most important aspect of this property that the owner wanted to maintain was that all the plantings were native to Central Texas. The back of the property was filled with native plantings around the pool, and the property owner wanted a cohesive look with her beds in the front yard that had become overgrown. We removed the old plants and added in some of the same native plantings that were found in her back yard. Yaupon Holly was added along the property line to provide extra privacy from the neighbors and flowering natives were clustered to make the property more pollinator friendly!

Another request from the owner was that we make the property more inviting during the evenings. We added in some outdoor lighting to highlight the trees, as well as lighting that illuminated the pathway up to the house and around the back of the property. This added a dreamy element to the space, making the property more inviting to guests.

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Jun 1

Located in downtown Georgetown, this family transformed their front yard into a wildflower wonderland! They envisioned a welcoming entrance with seating and native landscaping to host both guests and pollinators on their property. They wanted to ditch their grass yard in favor of colorful native plants that would create a charming scene for friends and neighbors alike. They dreamed of a gathering space in their front yard that looked out over their native plantings, so we added a seating area with cafe lights and raised steel planters so that the plantings could be enjoyed while seated. Black star gravel was added for furniture and plant contrast, making them pop against the home and landscaping. This family now has a relaxing area to gather, host friends, and watch the pollinators visit their beautiful wildflowers!

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Apr 3

There is nothing better than a lush, green lawn. However the time, money, and effort needed to keep a lawn looking nice is sometimes too much to keep up with. Artificial turf is a great alternative for those who want the look of a healthy lawn year round without all the hassle!

Let’s go through the pros that artificial turf brings to the table. Because the ground is rolled out prior to installing, there are no puddles in uneven ruts after it rains. The ground must be flat before installing, ensuring that water can fall through to the ground below without pooling. Artificial turf is made of plastic, so sun and shade conditions do not matter to the health of the lawn. This eliminates browning and bare patches which need time and money to fix. It also does not require you to purchase or use harmful pesticides, fertilizers, or gas powered maintenance tools. It also eliminates the need for watering the lawn which not only saves you money, but helps preserve water!

The benefits of artificial turf are appealing, however there are some drawbacks to this option which should be noted before selecting this route for your landscaping. The turf is made using recycled plastic which gives it the long life of 20 years or more, but it is unable to be recycled and is not biodegradable once you’re done with it. It also does not absorb liquids. With pets, the best option is to have turf installed over the ground instead of a hard surface so that liquid can be absorbed beneath the grass. There are other options to add drainage if you prefer it on top of a less porous surface, though they add to the overall cost. Artificial turf has been reported to get slightly warm when exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. Unlike real grass that has the cool ground below, the turf collects the heat making it warmer to the touch than real grass.

We recommend you do some research on artificial turf to decide if it right for you and your space. We at Native Edge Landscape can also provide you with our opinions on using this turf in your specific space! We recommend this route if you are wanting lush grass year round with very little time spent toward maintenance. Instead of spending the weekend caring for your lawn, with artificial turf you can spend more time enjoying your space!

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Mar 2

After Austin’s hard freezes and power outages, you may notice that some of your plants are looking a little sad. Before you throw them away, we have a few tips and tricks so that you can try and bring them back to life!

For Tropicals, Cacti, Succulents, and other indoor plants:

  1. Check new and old growth for damage. Damage can present itself through wrinkling, browning, yellowing, or wilting.
  2. Feel if stem is solid or soft. If it feels soft, cut back to where the plant feels to be most solid. The inside of the plant should be completely green. Any browning or discoloration  means that you need to cut back further.
  3. Fertilize using SUPERthrive or Rose Glo, as well as using liquid seaweed at the next watering cycle will help the plant drastically. Biomatrix also works to help stimulate roots and encourage new growth.
  4. Play the waiting game to see if the plant bounces back this spring. If new growth appears healthy, the plant should be in the clear!

For outdoor landscaping and potted plants:

  1. Cut back shrubbery by no more than 1/3 of the plant’s overall size and fertilize.
  2. Cut perennials down to ground level and fertilize.
  3. Trees that began to bud before the storm may not bloom again this spring (Mountain Laurel, fruiting trees, etc)
  4. For younger trees, any branches that are still bent after the ice melts should be removed.
  5. To check to see if a woody plant is alive, carefully scrape the bark with a knife. If it shows green, the plant is still alive.
  6. Container plants that were left outside most likely took on a ton of damage. Cut back damaged areas and water using a fertilizer. Then it’s a waiting game to see if the plant will grow back this spring.
  7. Fertalizers we recommend are Microlife 6-2-4 for perennials, trees, and shrubs. Rose Glo or SUPERthrive for annuals, vegetables, herbs, container plants, houseplants, cacti, and succulents. And liquid seaweed for anything and everything!

Instead of looking at the situation as a loss, try and see it as a blank slate to try something new. All of these products and more can be found at Garden Seventeen! Let us help get your landscaping and plant collection back and better than ever!

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Jan 30

This young family came to us looking to transform their yard into an area where they could easily entertain their guests. They were looking to add a seamless wraparound patio that meshed with the look of their existing home and garage. Concrete was chosen as the base of the patio, and was then topped with limestone slabs. A short retaining wall was added along the edge of the patio in the back to give the space more definition. Raised planters along the garage and a custom outdoor kitchen extend their living space to the outdoors. The designer chose to add lighting along the edge of the retaining wall giving the space a low, warm blanket of light. Bougainvillea was planted along the garage climbing upwards, providing a pop of color against the light coloring of the home. Holly trees were chosen to line the backyard fence, as well as the side yard along the street. This helped to provide a green wall of privacy and soften the stone facade.

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Jan 28

In this blog, we will be going over important products, as well as how and when to apply them for the healthiest lawn possible! Purchase these products at our sister company Garden Seventeen, or ask about our maintenance packages to get a Native Edge crew to take care of this for you.

Austin has had rain and snow this winter, making the soil soft and weeds green! Now is the time to start taking care of your yard and preparing it for a lush and full growing season, so that it can remain healthy until next winter.

Early February is the time to put down pre-emergent weed preventer. Corn Gluten or Maize Weed Preventer RTS both work extremely well while not disrupting the environment. They encapsulate seeds and prevent them from developing. Corn Gluten contains 9% Nitrogen, which also helps to green up the lawn. It is best to keep up with weed prevention before the lawn becomes overgrown. Mowing weekly, even in winter, helps to keep seed heads from forming. If weeds have already formed, use 20% vinegar to kill them, then Corn Gluten should be spread as listed above. Following these steps will lead to a weedless lawn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is also a great time to put down MicroLife Humates Plus. This product is a tremendous soil improver, plant nutritional booster, and is excellent for reducing plant water use during the growing season. You will also find a big reduction in annual weed problems. This is an easy to spread, concentrated compost that can be used everywhere in the lawn, as well as in raised beds. Unlike other conventional composts, this product can be used with a spreader. MicroLife Humates Plus helps to loosen the heavy Texas clay soil while feeding the lawn, helping the roots to grow deeper.

End of February through March is the time to lay down the first round of fertilizer. It is best to use a slow release organic fertilizer such as MicroLife 6-2-4. If brown patch or other fungal issues are a problem in your lawn, use MicroLife Brown Patch 5-1-3 instead. Brown Patch is ideal for St Augustine lawns and even works as a preventative! Organic fertilizers and fungicides like the ones carried at Garden Seventeen do not disrupt the ecosystem or rid the lawn of its beneficial factors, making them better to use than other fast-acting products that contain harmful chemicals. These products will require reapplication around June or July, but the overall health of the lawn while using organic products will increase without other issues popping up down the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk thatch. Thatch is a loose, organic layer of dead matter that develops between the green vegetation and the soil. Stem nodes, fibers of vascular tissues, crowns, and roots are what make up the majority of thatch. Build up begins when turf produces this debris faster than it can be broken down. Instead of renting a dethatch machine, watering with Medina Soil Activator as well as using the other products listed in this post will help to break down thatch naturally. Using Soil Activator monthly will act as a catalyst to help microbial life which breaks down that pesky layer of debris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At any time of the year, there are other products that can be added to new and existing lawns for improvement in drainage, greening, and overall lawn health. Products such as Molasses, Liquid Seaweed, Beneficial Nematodes, Lava Sand, GreenSand, and Medina Plus are all beneficial in their own way! These products aren’t necessary for preparing the lawn, but will give it the extra boost it needs to remain green and lush all season long! For more in-depth info, speak with the team over at Garden Seventeen and they will send you home with everything you need for that perfect, barbecue ready lawn!

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Dec 29

Pergolas are a durable and low maintenance option to help define your outdoor space.


Pergolas are an extremely popular feature for outdoor spaces. Not only do they add value to your home, they are affordable, versatile, and easy to install in any space. Pergolas can be built out of many different types of material such as wood, metal, and plastic. They also can be fitted with a canopy, retractible or not, to add a bit more shade. Pergolas are structured to be durable and low maintenance so that they’re ready to be used, no matter the weather.

Nicer to look at than other shade options such as awnings, pergolas can create a cohesive look with the home while adding a sculptural and architectural aspect to the space. They provide extra privacy as well as shade and temperature control, making relaxing under one during the heat of the summer a breeze. Pergolas can be a simple structure, or contain added features like a canopy or moveable beams to create added shade. Pergolas can be simple in design or complex with added features, making them completely adaptable to the space they fill.

Not only are pergolas nice for homeowners, they are great for plants that couldn’t normally survive direct sunlight. Pergolas do not completely disrupt sunlight or air flow, creating optimal growing conditions for plants. They also provide a great opportunity to add vining plants to the base of the structural beams, giving them plenty of room to grow vertically.

If your backyard has been lacking that certain something, try looking into having a pergola installed! These highly customizable structures help define outdoor spaces while adding a bit of extra shade. Pergolas can be built to fit just about any space, making them a top choice for a landscaping structure.

 

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Dec 1

Opting for an Xeriscape allows you to be less dependent on irrigation without sacrificing aesthetic-appeal.


Xeriscape is defined as a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or maintenance. This doesn’t mean you have to skip out on a lawn! With careful planning and design, incorporating xeriscape with a lawn area can provide you with the best of both worlds. Living in Texas, xeriscaped designs thrive under the climate. Not only does it save water, but it allows your space to look great year round no matter if there’s 100 degree sunshine or 32 degree overcast.

Native plants aren’t always used for xeriscaping, but because Texas is such a warm environment, they are the go-to for this type of work. Native plants are already adapted to our environment, making them the optimal choice for survival. Many native Texas plants are drought tolerant, making them perfect for this type of landscaping. Agave, Cacti, Yucca, & Hesperaloe are just some of the examples that we love to work with! These plants are green year round and make great focal points. Evergreen perennials are another option if native plants aren’t your style. Hymenoxys, Damianita, and Salvia Greggii are a few examples of perennials that keep their green foliage throughout the year while also providing colorful, seasonal blooms!

Xeriscape can look both rugged and neat depending on design. Incorporating asymmetrical shapes and edges can help tidy up a xeriscaped lawn. Here at Native Edge, we space plants out, to give them room to grow. Sporadic planting allows for the incorporation of odd-shaped edges and tall planters to add dimension to the landscaping.

The use of a top coat is necessary to keep the landscaping looking sharp. Gravels provide excellent drainage which xeriscape plants typically need. It can also be used to blend planted areas with paths and seating or gathering areas, giving a complete and cohesive look to the space. If you’re tired of spending time and money on watering and upkeep of your current landscaping, xeriscape may just be right for you!

 

 

 

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