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Worksite Wednesday: A Change of Plans

by Heather Day / September 27, 2023

Welcome to #WorksiteWednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are back in Crestview discussing the importance of experience in design. Native Edge understands that sometimes plans will have to pivot, and you want an experienced company to make that happen for you seamlessly. During installation of this design, Austin shifted into stage two drought restrictions, which do not allow for enough water to properly establish traditional lawn. As we only want to set you and your properties up for success, we have adjusted this design to temporarily lay down mulch instead. Join Rodney as he discusses some of the benefits of this decision. #NativeEdge #NativeEdgeLandscape #landscapedesign #hardscaping #landscaping #customdeck #outdoorspaces #outdooroasis #crestview #crestviewaustin #atx #austinlandscape #golocal #austindrought #texassummerRoyalty Free Music: License code: WAUQFQJBG33Q5W13

Get Back Outside: Creating Luxurious Outdoor Entertainment Spaces with Native Edge Landscape

by Heather Day / September 15, 2023

In the best of designs, our outdoor spaces become more than just patches of land; they transform into extensions of our homes, offering an opportunity for relaxation, socialization, and entertainment. At Native Edge, we believe that outdoor spaces should not only be aesthetically pleasing but also functional and inviting. In this blog, we will explore the art of creating luxurious outdoor entertainment spaces that reflect your style and cater to your desire for upscale living while staying environmentally responsible.

Designing the Perfect Entertainment Space

Vision & Purpose

The first step in creating a stunning outdoor entertainment space is to define your vision and purpose. Are you looking for an intimate gathering spot, a space for large parties, or a combination of both? Native Edge Landscape specializes in tailoring designs to your specific needs.

Layout & Flow

A well-designed entertainment space should have a logical flow, with distinct areas for cooking, dining, lounging, and possibly even a fireplace, fire pit, or water feature. Native Edge Landscape experts can help you optimize the layout for both functionality and style.

Luxurious Outdoor Kitchens

Elevate your outdoor experience with a custom-designed outdoor kitchen. Our team can incorporate high-end appliances, ample counter space, and stylish storage solutions to create a culinary masterpiece, or a pitmaster's dream.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Touches

Native Plants & Landscaping

Native plants not only add beauty but also support local ecosystems. Native Edge Landscape specializes in using native flora combined with sophisticated hardscaping and responsibly-sourced materials, to enhance the eco-friendliness and biodiversity of your outdoor space while adding a touch of upscale elegance.

Energy-Efficient Lighting

As days get shorter, Native Edge Landscape can help you maximize the time in your outdoor spaces by extending the open hours with illumination provided by energy-efficient low-voltage LED lighting. These fixtures provide a warm and inviting ambiance late into the evening while minimizing energy consumption and reducing your carbon footprint.

Recycled and Sustainable Materials

Incorporate sustainable materials such as recycled wood, local stone, and eco-friendly decking to maintain a green focus in your upscale outdoor oasis.

Comfort & Elegance

Beyond Landscape & Hardscape

Invest in high-quality outdoor furniture that not only looks luxurious but is also durable and weather-resistant. Native Edge Landscape can help you choose the perfect pieces to compliment your design.

Fire Features, Water Features

A fire pit or outdoor fireplace adds both warmth and a touch of sophistication to your entertainment space. Gather around the flames with friends and family, creating unforgettable memories. Incorporating a water feature adds visual interest and a relaxing sensory experience for calm moments and quiet conversation.

A Sporting Good Time

Whether it's bocci, corn hole, one-on-one, a putting green, or more, let Native Edge help you gather your group for your favorite activities. We love to work with innovative materials and multi-use spaces to keep you entertained all year long.

Personalization & Style

Custom Features & Accents

Add a personal touch to your outdoor space with custom-built features like pergolas, arbors, or decorative screens. These elements not only enhance privacy but also elevate the aesthetics of your landscape.

Finishing Touches

Don't forget the final details, such as outdoor rugs, throw pillows, and stylish décor. Native Edge Landscape can help you choose elements that match your design style and create a cohesive look.

At Native Edge Landscape, we understand the importance of creating outdoor entertainment spaces that reflect your style and values. Our commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible landscaping ensures that your upscale oasis is not only beautiful but also in harmony with nature. Contact us today to start designing your luxurious outdoor entertainment space and experience the perfect blend of elegance and eco-friendliness.

See more of the projects featured in this blog:

Steel & Cedar

Cherrywood Charmer

Brentwood Beauty

South Austin Suburban Sanctuary

Hilltop Haven

Mid-Century Ranch Makeover

Mount Bonnell Native Oasis

Georgetown Wildflower Wonderland

Tarrytown Wraparound

Hudson Bend Hilltop Estate

Wooten Backyard Living

Native Modern Mueller

Barton Springs Cottage Community

Boulden Creek Retreat

Zilker Native Chic

Brentwood Plunge Courtyard

Brentwood Oasis

Midtown Commons Lounge Courtyard

Mount Bonnell Lakeside Retreat

Brentwood Family Escape

Rosedale Modern Courtyard

Rustic Crestview Backyard Escape

South Austin Backyard Social Club

Brentwood Burle Marx Tribute

Modern Family Entertaining Space

Hyde Park Modern Retreat - Back Yard

Worksite Wednesday: Custom Pergola & Firepit

by Heather Day / September 13, 2023

Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are in the heart of classic Austin in Brentwood discussing the importance of multi-season versatility in your outdoor spaces. We’ll have a closer look at a pergola to keep you covered in the sunny season, and a gorgeous fire pit to cozy up to in those chillier months.#NativeEdge #NativeEdgeLandscape #landscapedesign #hardscaping #landscaping #pergolas #firepit #outdoorspaces #outdooroasis #brentwood #brentwoodaustin #atx #austinlandscape #golocalRoyalty Free Music: License code: WAUQFQJBG33Q5W13

Worksite Wednesday: Custom Hog Panel Privacy Trellises

by Heather Day / September 6, 2023

Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are in Tarrytown discussing the versatility of our custom trellis work and working in compliance with Austin’s (and your HOA’s) rules and regulations. We’ll walk you through some of our process and things to keep in mind when you’re going vertical!#NativeEdge #NativeEdgeLandscape #landscapedesign #gardendesign #hogpaneltrellis #customtrellis #privacytrellis #soundbarrier #austin #atx #texaslandscaping #tarrytown #tarrytownaustinRoyalty Free Music: License code: WAUQFQJBG33Q5W13

Cultivating Abundance: The Art of Integrating Vegetable Gardens into Your Landscape

by Heather Day / September 1, 2023

With an eye on autumn, we’re all ready to get in the garden and get our hands dirty again. In an era defined by environmental consciousness and sustainable living, the concept of growing your own food has blossomed into a gratifying and ecologically mindful endeavor. Native Edge, renowned for our dedication to responsible landscapes, invites you on a captivating exploration into the realm of vegetable gardening. Join us as we delve into the profound significance of cultivating your own food, while offering in-depth insights on seamlessly integrating a vegetable garden into your landscape plans.

The Intricate Tapestry of Growing Your Own Food

Beyond the sheer convenience of having fresh produce at your fingertips, the journey of nurturing a tiny seed into a flourishing plant instills a sense of accomplishment and reverence for nature's cycles. Responsible garden landscapes are rooted in conservation, fulfillment, and understanding the life cycle of plants and acknowledging the intricate bond between nature and sustenance.

herbs on a planted wall

Sustainability in Every Leaf: The Green Path to a Vegetable Garden

Central to the ethos of Native Edge is the ethos of sustainability. A vegetable garden offers more than just a personal source of organic, pesticide-free nourishment; it stands as a beacon of sustainable practice. By cultivating your own vegetables, you help to curtail the environmental impact associated with transporting and packaging store-bought produce. This echoes Native Edge's core principle of creating a greener and more sustainable future.

Corrugated metal planters become part of this cozy outdoor scape
Corrugated metal planters become part of this cozy outdoor scape

Harvesting Beauty: Vegetable Gardens as Artful Elements

Contrary to the misconception that vegetable gardens are utilitarian and unattractive, they possess an inherent aesthetic charm that can elevate your outdoor space. Native Edge's approachable yet sophisticated tone finds expression in our ability to design gardens that combine functionality with visual allure. Picture a riot of tomatoes cascading over trellises, bell peppers forming vibrant clusters resembling living sculptures, and fragrant herbs adorning pathways. These gardens seamlessly meld utility with beauty, staying true to our vision of functional aesthetics.

A vertical planting wall saves space while adding unique visual interest
A vertical planting wall saves space while adding unique visual interest

Guidance for Seamless Integration

  • Strategic Siting: Opt for sun-drenched, well-drained areas for your vegetable beds. This not only nurtures robust plant growth but also harmonizes with your overall landscape layout. Let Native Edge assist you with the perfect placement and beautiful bed styles to ideally capture your garden area.
  • Companion Planting Wisdom: Embrace the ancient practice of companion planting to optimize space and bolster plant health. Native Edge's expertise in creating harmonious landscapes extends gracefully to maximizing your vegetable garden's potential.
  • Vertical Marvels: Consider vertical gardening techniques for climbing vegetables. This ingenious approach saves space and adds an intriguing vertical dimension to your landscape—a hallmark of Native Edge's innovation. Whether its a hog panel trellis for your tomatoes to climb and thrive, a vertical pocket wall to maximize your precious outdoor space, a vine-drenched arbor, or a stunning custom keyhole garden, Native Edge has the skill and imagination to elevate your garden space.
  • Edible Artistry: Merge edible plants with ornamental varieties to forge a holistic outdoor experience. The synthesis of beauty and functionality resonates deeply through our versatile garden designs.
A lush rosemary bush in a custom steel corner planter is elevated and structural, while providing a delightful aroma and easy access for recipes.
A lush rosemary bush in a custom steel corner planter is elevated and structural, while providing a delightful aroma and easy access for recipes.

Cultivating a Sustainable Legacy

In the intricate dance between the human hand and the fertile earth, a vegetable garden stands as a living embodiment of Native Edge Landscape's ethos. By cultivating your own food, you actively participate in the noble pursuit of sustainable living and responsible stewardship of the environment. As you embark on this journey, remember that your vegetable garden is a living testament to Native Edge's unwavering commitment to a flourishing and harmonious future. Sow the seeds of abundance in your landscape and cultivate a legacy that nourishes both your soul and the planet we call home.

Have a closer look at the projects featured in this blog:

Cherrywood Charmer

Hyde Park Adaptable Landscape

Boulden Creek Retreat

Brentwood Plunge Courtyard

Midtown Commons Lounge Courtyard

WorksiteWednesday: Water-Friendly Turf Alternatives for Kids’ Play Spaces

by Heather Day / August 30, 2023

Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are in Crestview discussing mulch versus turf for kids’ play spaces. We’re also looking at some other great waterless alternatives.Royalty Free Music: License code: WAUQFQJBG33Q5W13

Worksite Wednesday: Mulching for Water Conservation

by Heather Day / August 23, 2023

Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are back at Meadow Modern discussing how mulch aids in plant health and water conservation. We’re also looking at the importance of using local materials whenever possible to conserve transportation resources.#NativeEdge #NativeEdgeLandscape #landscapedesign #waterconservation #austindrought #mulch #mulching #lawncare #xeriscape #xeriscapingRoyalty Free Music: License code: WAUQFQJBG33Q5W13

Lawns to Prairies and Meadows: A Path to Water Conservation, Biodiversity, and Savings

by Heather Day / August 18, 2023

In our pursuit of verdant landscapes, it's time to reconsider the traditional American lawn. The history of lawns, harkening back to European aristocrats of the 17th and 18th centuries, has given rise to expansive turf grass-covered spaces across the United States. But beneath the well-manicured surface lies a staggering environmental and economic cost. Enter the concept of converting these sprawling lawns into thriving meadows – a transformative shift that not only benefits your wallet but also the environment. In this piece, we delve into the journey from lawn to meadow, exploring the ecological advantages and aesthetic appeal that this transition brings, and how Native Edge Landscape can guide you through this exciting transformation.

A Glimpse into History

The American love affair with lawns was initially inspired by European elites who showcased their affluence by cultivating vast expanses of greenery. Today, the United States boasts lawns covering a mind-boggling 63,000 square miles – nearly the size of Texas. These lawns, dominated by non-native turf grass species, consume copious amounts of water, fertilizers, pesticides, and labor, creating an ecological imbalance.

Meadows, Prairies, and Grasslands: A Paradigm Shift

Converting portions of lawns into ecologically sound alternatives holds immense promise and offer a holistic solution to the environmental and economic challenges posed by traditional lawns.

The Marvels of Meadows

Water Absorption

Meadows outperform lawns in stormwater absorption. Unlike compacted lawn soils prone to runoff, meadows boast looser soil and extensive root systems, enabling effective rainwater infiltration. This natural process recharges groundwater and supports stream flow during dry spells.

Pollution Control

Meadows act as nature's water filter, intercepting pollutants that elude turf lawns. A buffer of native vegetation along streams proves more effective in preventing pollutants and sediment from entering water bodies compared to turf.

Reduced Irrigation Dependency

While lawns in arid climates guzzle water, meadows thrive without excessive irrigation. The native species in meadows are adapted to regional climates, reducing the need for synthetic irrigation.

Flourishing Wildlife Habitat

Meadows promote biodiversity by fostering a diverse array of plant species. This diversity invites insects, invertebrates, and subsequently, birds along the food chain. Avian species that often evade lawns find sanctuary in meadows, contributing to healthier ecosystems.

Pollinator Paradise

Meadows offer a safe haven for pollinators like bees and butterflies. These essential creatures aid in the pollination of crops and flowering plants, which sustains human food production and ecological balance.

Cost Savings and Efficiency

Meadows require significantly less maintenance compared to constant lawn mowing. The cost of labor, gasoline, and equipment needed for lawn maintenance can be curtailed, benefiting municipalities and individuals alike.

A Multi-Sensory Experience

Meadows provide a full sensory experience. The bustling ecosystem enchants with fluttering butterflies, songbirds, and the sway of wildflowers. The aesthetic appeal extends through the seasons, even during winter and the blazing Texas summer, when dried grasses add texture and beauty.

Native Edge Landscape: Your Partner in Transformation

As advocates of sustainable landscaping, Native Edge Landscape is your guiding light in transitioning from lawns to meadows. Our expertise in native plants, ecological balance, and responsible landscaping equips us to help you create areas that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also ecologically vital. Let us transform your outdoor space into a haven for biodiversity, water conservation, and cost savings.

The journey from lawn to a more diverse space is a transformative leap towards environmental stewardship and financial prudence. Native Edge Landscape stands by your side, turning expanses of non-native turf into vibrant swathes of sustainability. As we redefine our outdoor homes, we strive to make them a true testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature and human habitation.

Worksite Wednesday: Gravel Driveway and Custom Trellis

by Rodney Stoutenger / August 16, 2023

Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are discussing a favorite product from @Ndspro -- the Tufftrack Paver Panel. Here, we show how we use this to mitigate gravel shifting from storm runoff. We'll also have a look at an ingenious way to disguise utilities or other eyesores at the front of your home, a custom trellis.

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Worksite Wednesday: Soil Health for Water Conservation

by Rodney Stoutenger / August 16, 2023

Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are discussing how soil health aids in water conservation. Here, we're looking at the importance of soil health and intelligent planting to reserve water resources as Austin moves into stage 2 drought restrictions.Royalty Free Music: License code: WAUQFQJBG33Q5W13