Jul 14
Hayley Tiefenthaler

Good to the Last Drop

By Hayley Tiefenthaler | Leave a comment

Native Edge Landscape is committed to being environmentally responsible by only using the most sustainable practices. Rain gardens are one of the best examples I have seen of this in my time here at Native Edge. The juxtaposition of clay soils and limestone bedrock here in Austin naturally sheds stormwater into the city’s drainage system and aquifers. A rain garden is a depression that consists of a variety of layered soils and gravel designed to collect stormwater runoff, allowing it to be quickly absorbed into the soil. This unique feature is used to solve a variety of problems created by common construction techniques, such as standing water and erosion.

Lead Designer Rodney Stoutenger was able to solve one such issue with the incorporation of a rain garden into the space. “The HOA wouldn’t allow gutters at this property, which lead to the erosion of the lawn beneath the front porch,” said Rodney. “We were able to install a rain garden to collect the water and add a nice feature to the home.”

As you can see, a rain garden is hardly distinguishable from a traditional garden bed. Native Edge works hard to seamlessly blend this feature into your landscape. Our commitment to using exclusively native plants perfectly aligns with the functionality of rain gardens, which require plants that can handle weather extremes. Their fibrous root systems help filter chemicals such as pesticides out of local groundwater.

Rain gardens, while highly beneficial, are not applicable to every yard. “It is not necessary unless you already have areas of pooling or erosion,” noted Rodney. “We determine who could benefit from a rain garden on a site to site basis.”

In one such example, Designer Jill Zimmerman was faced with the task of managing pooling water in a customer’s yard. “The builder constructed the sidewalk in such a way that they were required to walk through a puddle any time they went to and from their detached garage.”

“Rather than moving the water, which would have created problems for their neighbors, I designed a bridge over a rain garden to transform the issue into a nice feature of their yard,” said Jill.

Our Designers work hard to meld landscape aesthetics and environmental sustainability. “The many different benefits of a rain garden align what we do here at Native Edge,” Rodney concluded. “You are benefiting not only your immediate space, but also your community and your neighborhood.”

The City of Austin is currently under Conservation Water Restrictions. By adding features such as rain gardens to your yard you may be eligible for rebate. If you think that a rain garden would benefit your space, please contact us to set up a Consultation!

 

Read more
May 23

Just doodling away on this gloomy Austin day! Another great design almost ready for presentation - this site is on Lake Austin and will be sure to create an amazing wildlife retreat!

54 Instagram Likes

Just doodling away on this gloomy Austin day! Another great design almost ready for presentation – this site is on Lake Austin and will be sure to create an amazing wildlife retreat! #wildlife #native #austin #lakeaustin #lake #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #landscape #garden #atx #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

Read more
May 17
May 12

Hope everyone enjoyed this week! The guys had a lot of fun with this one! More progress pics coming soon!

40 Instagram Likes

Hope everyone enjoyed this week! The guys had a lot of fun with this one! More progress pics coming soon! #outdoorkitchen #firepit #limestone #masonary #landscapedesign #landscapeconstruction #landscapearchitecture #atx #atxlife #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

Read more
May 1

This time of year, every drop of water is important! With summer quickly approaching, it is a good idea to test your irrigation system for any leaks, wear and tear, over-spraying, or lack of coverage. You can easily do a quick test of your own irrigation to be sure there is no water being wasted, and that your system is not causing run-off.

To perform your own test, run through each zone for at least 2-4 minutes and keep a look out for pooling water, over-spraying onto concrete areas, and breaks or leaks throughout the system. Since the water is high pressure, you can typically see an area of erosion or a hole in soils, mulches or top dresses where water may be leaking.

Another great way to prevent wasted water in the landscape is by keeping all parts and pieces of your irrigation system, including nozzles, up to date! We learn more every day, and more efficient systems are now available on the market. If your system is 8+ years old, it is a great idea to have this thoroughly checked out by a professional.

During our Maintenance Programs, these are areas of concern that we commonly check and repair as quickly as possible. However, you can also schedule a one-time service visit with Native Edge to have your system checked with a quick run through!

The City of Austin also offers wonderful service checks and rebates to keep your irrigation up to date.

Read more
May 1

For the fifth year in a row, Native Edge Landscape will be sponsoring the Violet Crown Festival! The festival will take place on May 6th from 10am to 5pm in Brentwood Park. We will be creating and decorating a temporary garden to corral Domino the Pig. The plants will be donated to Brentwood Elementary School after the event.

Native Edge got its start in Crestview, and we have many loyal customers in the neighborhood. We believe in giving back, and invite you to join us at this year’s Violet Crown Festival to support local businesses, artists, musicians, and community members. Be sure to snap a selfie with Domino, the neighborhood mascot!

Read more
Apr 25

Happy Tuesday! These beautiful Cape Rush are awaiting install! Before and after photos coming soon!

42 Instagram Likes

Happy Tuesday! These beautiful Cape Rush are awaiting install! Before and after photos coming soon! #caperush #atx #beforeandafter #landscape #plantnerd #nativeedgelandscape #nativeedge #landscapedesign #landscapeconstruction

Read more
Apr 17
Apr 17
Rodney Stoutenger

Landscape and a Haircut! ️

By Rodney Stoutenger | 1 Comment

Landscape & a haircut! ️

42 Instagram Likes

Landscape & a haircut! ️ #haircut #barber #atxlife #lifeofalandscaper #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape #atx #atxbarber #landscape

Read more
Apr 17

Inking has begun on this open concept backyard with rain garden

15 Instagram Likes

Inking has begun on this open concept backyard with rain garden #circulationpatterns #notsobasic #designforliving

Read more
Positive SSL