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: https://www.bensound.com
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.bensound.com
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Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are discussing a variety of turf alternatives. Here, we show how we help to conserve water and protect soil health by offering options beyond standard lawns.
Welcome to Worksite Wednesday, where we walk through the particulars of a project or project feature! Today, we are discussing the importance of water conservation through the use of xeriscaping and native and adapted plants. Here, we give some examples of great options for your yard that bring texture, color, and bold silhouettes to your landscape. We'll also have a look at the new Native Edge logo, as inspired by one of our personal favorites, the pale-leaf yucca.
Hello Everyone! We are so excited to share that Native Edge Landscape won Best of Houzz 2020 for Design!
Thank you to all our customers for inviting us into your homes and letting us share in your story. You are all so unique and our designers love working with each of you to create a space that expresses who you are and matches your expanding lifestyles. We continue to look forward to new design adventures and hanging out in your new yards!We could not have done this without you!
Are we in #texas or is this Tuscany? Jill’s latest project is taking on a mediterranean feel @jillatnativeedge! As always, @sketchup_official was there to help visualize the finished look. #landscapeDesign #landscapedesigns #landscapedesigner #landscapedesigners #landscaping #landscapearchitecture #outdoordesign #outdoorliving #garden #gardendesign #landscapeConstruction #contemporary #pottery #planters #pots #Austin #austindesign #AustinTX #AustinTexas #austinlife #austinstyle #ATXlife #sketchup #sketchupmodel #3dmodeling #italiangarden via Instagram https://ift.tt/2YSCTOy
The structure is starting to take on more of a shape now! We’ve got just about another week before we’re finished. Be sure to stay tuned for more! #landscapeDesign #deckdesign #pergola #landscapedesigns #landscapedesigner #landscapedesigners #landscaping #landscapearchitecture #outdoordesign #outdoorliving #landscapeConstruction #Austin #austindesign #AustinTX #AustinTexas #austinlife #ATXlife via Instagram https://ift.tt/2YQ3Fqv
Look what we found on the job site today! Oxbeetles are the largest and most common beetle species found in the US. They are very active in the summer and like to dig holes in sandy soil to hide in during the day, so be on the lookout! #creepycrawlies #bugs #bugsofinstagram #beneficialinsects #landscape #lifeofalandscaper #Austin #atxlife #atx #landscapeDesign #landscapeConstruction #AustinTX #AustinTexas #austinlife via Instagram https://ift.tt/2GD9dKD