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Don’t Fear the Frost

by Erin Spencer / January 3, 2018

In Austin, when someone says they’re worried about how the weather will affect their plants, that usually means  heat or drought. However, every winter there always seems to be that one cold snap that takes out half your garden bed without you realizing it, and you’re left feeling  completely confused. 

That’s why we’re here to help! Here are our tips for how to combat the cold, so you can continue to enjoy your landscape all year long. H

1. Stick with Styrofoam: The tips of the cactus are the most sensitive to frost damage, because that’s where they put out new growth. A styrofoam cup is heavy enough to where it won’t fly off, and the warm air trapped inside helps the cactus get through those chilly nights.

2. Take out a Towel: For some plants it’s best to cover them completely with a towel, burlap sack, or blanket. This traps in heat and also helps prevent frost crystals from forming on your plant. Remember to take off your sheet when it starts to warm up again, otherwise moisture can condense inside and freeze in the next frost.

3. Water them Well: I know it seems counterintuitive to water your plants right before a frost, but that’s actually one of the best things you can do for them. Water acts as a insulator, trapping in more heat than dry aerated soil. Plump, water filled leaves will be more protected against cold damage, which can quickly dry out a plant.

DON’T DO THIS WITH SUCCULENTS!
Succulents prefer dry soil, and their specialized leaves can burst in the cold if they have been given too much water.

4. Pause, don’t Panic: Even if your plant does experience some frost damage that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Sometimes, all it needs is a good pruning to get right back to its old self. Wait until spring  to see the difference between healthy stems and dead before you prune. Pruning too early will expose the plant to further frost damage, which could result in the entire plant’s eventual end.

Native Edge Irrigation Tip

by Rodney Stoutenger / May 1, 2017

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.

Native Edge Deck Re-Staining Tip

by Rodney Stoutenger / April 10, 2017

You should re-stain your deck before the weather gets too hot and your wood too dry! The best way to accomplish this is by wetting down your deck and scrubbing it with a biodegradable wood cleaner and a stiff-bristel brush. This will remove all of the dirt and grime, and prepare the wood for staining. Rinse this, and allow the deck to thoroughly dry before applying your stain. There are lots of stain colors and styles available on the market, so be sure to speak with a professional about which is best for you and your space!

Native Edge Oak Wilt Tip

by Rodney Stoutenger / March 6, 2017

Oak wilt is a fungal disease that spreads from sap-feeding beetles attracted to fresh wounds on oak trees. These wounds can be caused by broken limbs, root systems, or from pruning.

You can protect your trees by avoiding damage caused by lawn equipment such as weed-eaters, lawn mowers, and shovels. Prune your oaks only at the coldest times of the year when the activity of the disease carrying beetle is at its lowest. You should also paint all cuts or damaged areas with pruning sealer paint as soon as any cuts are made, and sterilize all pruning equipment between trees. It is important to note that even firewood is susceptible and will create a breeding ground the beetles can spread from, so make sure to cover your oak firewood with plastic and seal the edges.

Weed Control Tip

by Jake / February 6, 2017

Now is the time to focus on weed control! Once weeds sprout and seed they are much harder to maintain.

Just Mowing on This Lovely Thursday

by Rodney Stoutenger / September 22, 2016

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Completed Renovations at OutYouth

by Rodney Stoutenger / September 9, 2016

What an awesome day of caring with @homeaway at @outyouth to spruce up the safe space for the LGBT+ teen community! What an great organization for a great cause!

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What an awesome day of caring with HomeAway at Out Youth to spruce up the safe space for the LGBT+ teen community! What an great organization for a great cause! #lgbt #homeaway #outyouth #landscapedesign #giantjenga #jenga #landscapeconstruction #atx #atxlife

A day of caring with Out Youth and HomeAway

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A day of caring with Out Youth and @HomeAway

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A day of caring with Out Youth and HomeAway #dayofcaring #outyouth #nativeedgelandscape #atx

It’s Always Great Seeing The Guys Take Care Of Their Vehicles

by Rodney Stoutenger / July 8, 2016

It's always great seeing the guys take care of their vehicles! Ready for the weekend!

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It’s always great seeing the guys take care of their vehicles! Ready for the weekend! #tgif #atx #ford #truck #bathtime #clean #f250 #nativeedge #nativeedgelandscape

Gonna have cherry tomatoes for days.

by Rodney Stoutenger / April 5, 2016

Gonna have cherry tomatoes for days.

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Gonna have cherry tomatoes for days. #whatwasonenowisten #cuttings #balconygarden #growyourown #getoutside #atx