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Decks: Upgrade Your Outdoor Hosting

by Rowan Marney / October 1, 2022

Our hard-working team built many decks this past summer for homeowners who wished to upgrade their outdoor hosting. There are many benefits to installing a deck, and we wanted to share those with you in this blog! Decks are one of the faster projects to complete in an outdoor space. If you would like a customized deck built, contact us today to discuss your options!

Customizable To Fit Your Needs

Decks are highly customizable and can be built to fit your needs! Custom decks can include items like a pergola for shade, a built in fire pit or seating area, and space for an outdoor kitchen, hot tub, or pool. They can be everything from simple and small to complex and expansive! Their customizable quality also allows us to fit them into your space without disrupting the design. They can be integrated into any design, from the way that it flows with the rest of your landscaping to the materials used to build it. 

Low Maintenance Hosting Upgrade

Sure, lawns can work for hosting barbecues, but noting quite compares to a meal with friends and family on a nice deck. Decks provide a flat, stable surface for cooking, eating, or lounging. They are also a lot less work than lawns, with no watering needed to keep it looking nice! Every 2-3 years, the deck will need to be stained to protect it from the weather and normal wear and tear.

Increases Your Home’s Value

Building a deck is a relatively fast, easy, and cost efficient way to increase the value of your home. Unlike other home additions, decks do not need drywall or a roof to add on that extra square footage of useable space. Because you’re saving by building this cost-effective addition, you will see a greater return on your investment when it comes to the value of the home!

Want an outdoor hosting space but a deck just doesn’t seem like the right fit? A patio may just be the perfect solution! We would love to help you achieve your landscaping goals and work on a design to fit your space. Contact us today to get the process started!

Brentwood Beauty

by Erin Spencer / August 6, 2022

These homeowners came to us with a solid foundation to go on, but wanted the space to be more practical for their lifestyle while still being a little eclectic. They had just completed a recent landscape job with a previous firm, but wanted to add some important finishing touches to fully encompass what they had been dreaming of for their space. Privacy from their backyard neighbors, new grass with irrigation, and a fenced in area out front for their dog were their top priorities.

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Corten Steel: Your Next Custom Project

by Rowan Marney / June 4, 2022

Corten Steel can give your space a rustic yet modern feel while lasting for years. 

Living in Austin, you're bound to see Corten Steel incorporated into landscaping. Not only does it look nice, it lasts longer than any other material you could use for raised planters. Let's take a look at all the benefits, as well as view some examples where Corten steel has helped elevate a space.

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2022 Austin Outdoor Living Tour

by Rowan Marney / April 13, 2022

We at Native Edge Landscape want to thank you for visiting our property during the 2022 Austin Outdoor Living Tour! We are eager to share our favorite project from this past year with you. Feel free to grab a drink and find some of our team around the property to discuss the features of the space as well as any future landscaping goals you may have yourself!

In this blog we are going to discuss the details about the features that are found on this property, as well as look at how this all came together so beautifully.

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Hilltop Haven

by Dillon Tuttle / December 11, 2021

These homeowners have a beautiful hill country property and were looking to match the aesthetic of the home with an updated landscape design. The primary goals for this project included completing the landscape left unfinished around the existing pool, replacing as much lawn as possible with native plants to attract pollinators and birds, and reimagining the front yard hillside. Custom entry stairs and a bridge were added with steel raised planters to give dimension to the sloping walkway to include a formal path to the front door for guest parking at the street. The bridge gives a clear path over a dry creek drainage system made with river rocks, giving excess water a clear path to follow that avoids important areas of the home and landscaping. We added a custom address marker as well as a few bubbling boulder water features in the front and back yard to provide interest and water source for wildlife.

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Mid-Century Ranch Makeover

by Dillon Tuttle / October 8, 2021

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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Georgetown Wildflower Wonderland

by Erin Spencer / June 1, 2021

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!=


Artificial Turf: Spend Less Time Maintaining And More Time Enjoying

by Rowan Marney / April 3, 2021

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!

Tarrytown Wraparound

by Rodney Stoutenger / January 30, 2021

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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Preparing Your Lawn To Be Barbecue Ready

by Rowan Marney / January 28, 2021

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!