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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

Worksite Wednesday: Turf Alternatives

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 variety of turf alternatives. Here, we show how we help to conserve water and protect soil health by offering options beyond standard lawns.

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Worksite Wednesday: Xeriscaping

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 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.

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Pergola Perfection: A Journey through History and Versatile Design Options

by Heather Day / July 22, 2023

When it comes to creating enchanting outdoor spaces that blend beauty and functionality, few architectural features rival the allure of a pergola. These elegant structures have graced gardens and landscapes for centuries, evolving in style and material options to suit diverse preferences and purposes. By now, you’ve seen our most recent project, Steel & Cedar, in which we highlight a charming pergola perfect for the Texas backyard landscape. In this blog, we embark on a captivating journey through the history of pergola design, exploring its enduring charm and the myriad of style options and materials available today. At Native Edge, we believe that a well-crafted pergola can transform any outdoor area into a sanctuary of relaxation, while embodying the principles of sustainable and environmentally responsible landscape design.

Heavy cedar timbers are joined with exposed hardware to form the structure of this pergola, topped with corrugated metal roofing that protects this gorgeous outdoor kitchen space from the elements. The back wall of a pergola cleverly houses spacious storage concealed behind sliding barn doors.

The Roots of Pergolas: A Historical Overview

The origins of pergolas can be traced back to ancient civilizations, from ancient Egypt to Rome. Initially serving as shaded walkways or passageways, these structures provided respite from the scorching sun and often supported climbing plants, creating a natural canopy. As the concept spread throughout the Mediterranean, pergolas adorned Roman gardens, draped with vines and foliage.

Varieties of Pergola Styles

Classic Mediterranean Pergola

Inspired by the timeless charm of ancient Greece and Rome, the classic Mediterranean pergola exudes a sense of elegance and simplicity. With sturdy columns and clean lines, it becomes a captivating focal point in any landscape. Adorned with climbing plants like bougainvillea or wisteria, this style infuses vibrant colors and delightful scents into the surroundings.

Zen Pergola

Embracing the principles of Zen gardens, this style reflects simplicity and tranquility. Crafted with natural materials like bamboo and timber, the Zen pergola provides a meditative space, inviting a sense of calm and harmony to the garden.

Contemporary Pergola

Celebrating modern aesthetics, the contemporary pergola features sleek lines and innovative materials like metal and composite options. This style harmoniously complements contemporary architecture and design, adding a touch of sophistication to outdoor spaces.

Rustic Wooden Pergola

Radiating warmth and charm, the rustic wooden pergola celebrates the beauty of natural materials. Crafted from reclaimed wood or rugged timber, it adds authenticity to the landscape, seamlessly blending with the surrounding environment.

Partial Pergolas

Occasionally, only a bit of shade for seating or plantings is needed, or you're simply looking to highlight a particular area or feature in your space. A partial pergola may provide the perfect solution. Plant with vines and let even a small space become a dreamy focal point.

Materials for Pergolas: Exploring Sustainable Options

Cedar Wood

A popular choice, cedar wood combines elegance with sustainability. Sourced from responsibly managed forests, cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insects, making it a durable and eco-friendly option for pergola construction.


Renowned for its rapid growth and renewability, bamboo is an excellent eco-conscious choice for pergolas. Lightweight yet robust, it creates a Japanese Zen-inspired pergola with ease.


Materials like aluminum and steel offer contemporary pergola options. These metals are durable, weather-resistant, and can be recycled, making them a sustainable choice.

Recycled Materials

Embrace sustainability further by using recycled materials such as composite decking or salvaged wood. Integrating recycled elements reduces environmental impact while adding character to the space.

Throughout history, pergolas have stood as timeless symbols of elegance and beauty in outdoor design. From their ancient origins to contemporary interpretations, these open structures continue to captivate our imaginations and enhance the allure of outdoor spaces. At Native Edge, we believe that pergolas not only provide shade and architectural elegance but also exemplify our commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible landscaping practices. Whether you seek a classic Mediterranean retreat or a Zen-inspired haven, our expert team can bring your pergola dreams to life, merging style and sustainability for a truly transformative outdoor experience. Let us craft a pergola that aligns with your vision, turning your garden into a sanctuary of relaxation and serenity, while embracing the principles of a sustainable future.

Maintaining Your Wildflower Prairie & Setting Yourself Up for Success

by Heather Day / June 3, 2023

In a blog post last month, we talked all about the benefits of planting native wildflowers in place of traditional lawns. Transforming your front lawn into a vibrant wildflower prairie can bring beauty, ecological benefits, and a love of native aesthetic to your landscape. However, maintaining a wildflower prairie yard requires a different approach compared to traditional lawn care. In this blog post, we'll explore some essential care and maintenance practices to help you nurture and sustain a thriving wildflower prairie.

Year One
Year Three: Here you see a diversification of species, and a fresh planting incorporating more native grasses.

Diversify with Native Grasses

While wildflowers are often the main focus when seeding a prairie yard, incorporating native grasses is equally important. Native grasses provide structure, enhance the overall aesthetic, and contribute to a more natural appearance. When choosing your seed mix, consider including a variety of native grasses that will complement the wildflowers. These grasses typically take longer to mature, so combining grass planting with wildflower seeding ensures a balanced timing of growth and a more visually appealing landscape.

Allow for Seed Production

A crucial aspect of wildflower management is allowing the plants to go to seed. This process ensures the self-sustainability of your prairie and encourages the natural dispersal of seeds for future growth. By letting the flowers fully mature and scatter their seeds, you're supporting the long-term success and expansion of your wildflower population.

Manage Aggressive Species & Combat Weeds

While diversity is key in a wildflower prairie, it's essential to manage more aggressive species within your seed mix. Some wildflowers might dominate the landscape, inhibiting the growth of other species. Regular observation and manual removal of these dominant plants prior to them going to seed can help maintain a balanced and harmonious mix of wildflowers.

Weeds can occasionally find their way into a wildflower prairie yard, competing with the desired plants for resources. Regular weeding is essential, particularly during the establishment phase of your prairie. Identifying and removing weeds promptly will minimize their impact on the overall health and appearance of your wildflower ecosystem.

Supplemental Watering

While wildflowers are generally resilient and adapted to native rainfall patterns, providing supplemental water during the early spring can give them a boost. This extra hydration helps them establish strong root systems and encourages more robust growth and blooming throughout the season. Aim for deep, infrequent watering rather than frequent shallow watering to promote healthier plant development.

Creating and maintaining a wildflower prairie yard requires a different approach to traditional lawn care. By diversifying with native grasses, allowing for seed production, managing aggressive species, combating weeds, and providing supplemental water during the early stages, you can ensure a thriving and sustainable wildflower prairie. Embracing these practices will not only enhance the beauty of your landscape but also contribute to the ecological well-being of your surroundings. Enjoy the natural splendor and the multitude of benefits that a wildflower prairie yard brings to your sustainable future.

Helping Monarch Butterflies

by Rowan Marney / August 6, 2022

The Monarch Butterfly was recently added to the endangered species list which means helping them out is more important than ever! In this blog we will discuss plants and other items you can easily add into your landscaping to provide food, water, and shelter for these important little butterflies!Read More »Helping Monarch Butterflies

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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Fall in Austin: Time To Plant & Winterize

by Rowan Marney / November 9, 2021

We sat down with the experts over at Garden Seventeen to create the ultimate planting and care guide for your landscaping this fall and winter! The specific products we discuss will link to their online store where you can place online orders for curbside pickup. For any and all help with landscaping upkeep, seasonal planting, and other general maintenance, contact us today! We would love to help your landscaping look great year round.Read More »Fall in Austin: Time To Plant & Winterize

Winter Damage Control

by Rowan Marney / March 2, 2021

After Austin's hard freezes and power outages, you may notice that some of your plants are looking a little sad. Before you throw them away, we have a few tips and tricks so that you can try and bring them back to life!

For Tropicals, Cacti, Succulents, and other indoor plants:

  1. Check new and old growth for damage. Damage can present itself through wrinkling, browning, yellowing, or wilting.
  2. Feel if stem is solid or soft. If it feels soft, cut back to where the plant feels to be most solid. The inside of the plant should be completely green. Any browning or discoloration  means that you need to cut back further.
  3. Fertilize using SUPERthrive or Rose Glo, as well as using liquid seaweed at the next watering cycle will help the plant drastically. Biomatrix also works to help stimulate roots and encourage new growth.
  4. Play the waiting game to see if the plant bounces back this spring. If new growth appears healthy, the plant should be in the clear!

For outdoor landscaping and potted plants:

  1. Cut back shrubbery by no more than 1/3 of the plant’s overall size and fertilize.
  2. Cut perennials down to ground level and fertilize.
  3. Trees that began to bud before the storm may not bloom again this spring (Mountain Laurel, fruiting trees, etc)
  4. For younger trees, any branches that are still bent after the ice melts should be removed.
  5. To check to see if a woody plant is alive, carefully scrape the bark with a knife. If it shows green, the plant is still alive.
  6. Container plants that were left outside most likely took on a ton of damage. Cut back damaged areas and water using a fertilizer. Then it’s a waiting game to see if the plant will grow back this spring.
  7. Fertalizers we recommend are Microlife 6-2-4 for perennials, trees, and shrubs. Rose Glo or SUPERthrive for annuals, vegetables, herbs, container plants, houseplants, cacti, and succulents. And liquid seaweed for anything and everything!

Instead of looking at the situation as a loss, try and see it as a blank slate to try something new. All of these products and more can be found at Garden Seventeen! Let us help get your landscaping and plant collection back and better than ever!