Apr 2

Here at Native Edge we love Spring! However, we know we’re not alone in saying sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States and aside from taking allergy shots, or antihistamines, the best way to diminish symptoms is to avoid the allergen altogether. That’s why we’re giving you the tools to help pinpoint your pollen problems, so you can get back to enjoying the things you love most: plants!

Given that the weather changes plants’ behaviors from year to year it should be of no surprise that it also changes how much pollen they release. A mild winter can indicate an earlier pollen season, where a late freeze might reduce the amount of pollen that year. Large amounts of dry wind will spread the pollen faster and rain can help drive it from the air.

Determining when and how much pollen will be in the air at any given time can be complicated and similar to the weather can’t be predicted too far in advance, but trends can be made. That’s why KXAN, our local news station, has an allergy report they push out every weekday to help you determine what’s bad each day.

Another important thing to consider is figuring out what you are allergic to.
There are many different types of pollen out there, and unless you are extremely unlucky, you are likely not allergic to ALL of them. If your allergies are bad enough, consider going to a doctor and getting a skin test to see what you can narrow it down to. Once you know what they are you will be better equipped to handle what comes your way.

Check out this Austin Allergy Calendar to see the types of pollen that dominate in Austin and when they are typically at their worst.

Finally, we know that at a certain point it’s impossible to avoid all allergens in the air, and you can’t stop your busy life just because of a little pollen. However, when you are at home simple things like buying an air cleaner or conditioner with CLEAN filters can do wonders to control your allergies.

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Apr 1
Rodney Stoutenger

Happy Easter everyone!

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

Happy Easter everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying some time outdoors with this beautiful spring weather!

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Happy Easter everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying some time outdoors with this beautiful spring weather! #easter #happyeaster #spring #iris #easteriris #atx #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

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Mar 22

Oh Spring time, how we’ve missed you..

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Oh Spring time, how we’ve missed you.. #spring #flower #bloom #redyucca #landscape #floral #landscapedesign #atx #native #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

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Mar 19

We’ve been nominated for an Armadillo Award but we need your vote to win! The Armadillo Awards celebrate the unique culture of local business in Austin and Native Edge has been nominated in both the Austin Customer Experience and Community Champion categories.

Be vocal for local and VOTE for us. www.ibuyaustin.com/dillovotes

 

We also invite you to attend the Armadillo Awards Party with us. It’s a fun evening featuring local music, local food, a Dillo Fundraiser Raffle and a great show, and it’s free! RSVP for the show.

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Mar 16
Jill Zimmerman

Sxsw means….

By Jill Zimmerman | 1 Comment

Sxsw means.... Planting season is upon us! ️

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Sxsw means…. Planting season is upon us!
#plantingseason #springbreak #fridayvibes #sxsw2018 #atx

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Mar 5

Everyone knows a well-fed lawn is a happy lawn, but in order to avoid having pounds of fertilizer empty into local waterways, without much growth to show for it, it’s important to do your reading first.   

Below, I’ve compiled list list of key questions from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service you should consider before taking the plunge:

1. W H A T  T Y P E  O F  G R A S S  D O  I  H A V E ?  
This may seem like a given, but it should be no surprise that different kinds of grass need different ratios of nutrients. While there are a slew of grasses and ground covers to choose from if you have a Texas warm season grass it will likely be one of the following: bermuda, buffalo, centipede, St. Augustine, or zoysia. Centipede and buffalo grass require much less nitrogen than a variety like bermuda, and zoysia and St. Augustine both land somewhere in-between.

2. W H A T  K I N D  O F  L A W N  D O  I  W A N T ?
Or in other words, what do you want your lawn to look like? Depending on the amount of money and time you have to spend on irrigation and fertilizer, you may be looking to achieve anywhere from a low, moderate, to high maintenance lawn. The more lush and green you want your lawn to be, or the more foot traffic the grass receives, the more fertilizer you’ll need.

3. H O W  M U C H  A N D  W H I C H  F E R T I L I Z E R  T O  A P P L Y ? 
The safest way to ensure you are fertilizing your lawn with exactly what it needs in exactly the right amounts is to do a little math. Firstly, making the effort to take a soil test can benefit you greatly in the long run. The test will show you which nutrients your soil lacks and which are at adequate levels, recommending the number of pounds of each nutrient you need to apply per 1,000 square feet of lawn. If you know the size of your lawn, or calculate it yourself, you can then figure out how many pounds or bags of fertilizer you’ll need to buy to cover your lawn. 

4. W H E N  A N D  H O W  O F T E N  T O  F E R T I L I Z E ?
As a good rule of thumb it’s best to fertilize when your plants are actively growing because that’s when they can take up and utilize the fertilizer the most!
In Austin the growing season typically lasts from March 1st (the last spring frost)-December 1st (first autumn frost). You’ll know your grass is growing if you’ve had to start mowing again. After you’ve mowed it two or three times, you are good to go. Split the fertilizer into two applications, one in spring and one in fall (at least 6 weeks before a freeze), to allow for it to integrate into the soil with ease. 

5. H O W  B E S T  T O  A P P L Y  F E R T I L I Z E R  I N  M E A S U R E D  A M O U N T S ?

In order to spread your fertilizer uniformly throughout your lawn the two best options are with either drop or rotary style spreaders. Drop type spreaders work as they are described, dropping single streams of fertilizer as you push forward. These are easier to maneuver around large objects, like trees and shrubs; however, the fertilizer is less dispersed. When using these spreaders it’s best to overlap wheel tracks and apply fertilizer in two different directions perpendicular from one another. Rotary spreaders have a mechanism that rotates in a circle, dropping fertilizer throughout the rotation. They are great for covering a larger area and fan the fertilizer out to the very edge of your yard.

For a more detailed explanation of how to fertilize your lawn check out the full article here: Lawn Fertilization for Texas Warm Season Grasses 

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Mar 5

When people talk about making renovations to their house what they are ultimately thinking is resale, resale, resale. Even before the show “Fixer Upper” hit the scene it seemed like every city had their own version of the “Flip or Flop” formula. Invest in key areas of the house and end up with a profit, mainly by updating the kitchen or bathroom, updating appliances, or simply adding a fresh coat of paint. However, not many of these shows seemed to address the landscaping even though you can reap the same returns on investment! So, naturally, we’re here to fix that.

Before Native Edge

After Native Edge

While trying to figure out exactly what a single potential homeowner might perceive as valuable in a landscape is tricky, there are definitely some key characteristics that on average are looked at more positively than others.

For example, in a paper published by the Virginia Cooperative Extension called,The Effect of Landscape Plants on Perceived Home Value they found that people ranked “design sophistication” as the most important factor that increased the value of the home outweighing plant size and diversity of plant material type. More specifically, “the preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape.” Additionally, across the seven states surveyed they found that the change in value from a home with no landscape (lawn only) to a home that was well-landscaped ranged from 5.5-11.4%. That means that a home worth $200,000 with no landscape could be worth $11,000-$22,800 more after new sophisticated landscaping!

The best part about investing in landscaping is that it only gets better with age. As plants start to reach their mature heights, and get established, you really begin to see designs come to life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 1
Rodney Stoutenger

Is it Spring yet?!

By Rodney Stoutenger | Comments 3

Is it Spring yet?! This beautiful Red Bud starting to bud tells me we’re getting close!

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Is it Spring yet?! This beautiful Red Bud starting to bud tells me we’re getting close! #spring #atxphotographer #atxlife #redbud #bloom #bud #landscape #garden #springblooms #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

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Feb 21
Rodney Stoutenger

Custom metal trellises

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

Custom metal trellises, custom zen inspired railing and decking, and rain water collection! What more could we have delivered on for this awesome customer?! Can’t wait to share more pics soon!

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Custom metal trellises, custom zen inspired railing and decking, and rain water collection! What more could we have delivered on for this awesome customer?! Can’t wait to share more pics soon! #deck #metal #zen #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #austin #atx #austinlandscape #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

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Feb 15

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Just another day at the office. The boys and their toys. We’re expanding our parking into our new space! Can’t wait!!! #office #dayjobstuff #boysandthiertoys #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape #atx #atxlife #bobcat #babcatlife #parking #new #fresh

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