Category: Tips and Tricks

Nov 1

Time Is Money

By Erin Spencer | Leave a comment

Plants are living things, and just as we grow throughout our lives, so do they. Aside from the rewarding experience of watching your yard begin to flourish, planting immature plants is a cheaper and more effective way to acclimate your plants to their surroundings. However, this should come with the understanding that your landscape may look more barren than you were hoping for during the initial stages, and…

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Jun 4

As the summer sun slowly starts to peak over the horizon, many Texans will be traversing  indoors this year to experience that little bit of modern magic we like to call air-conditioning. AC isn’t just a luxury it’s a life-saver, especially in urban settings. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some downfalls. Aside from their contribution to green house gases, old filters and inefficient machines…

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Apr 2

Here at Native Edge we love Spring! However, we know we’re not alone in saying sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States and aside from taking allergy shots, or antihistamines, the best way to diminish symptoms is to avoid the allergen altogether. That’s why we’re…

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Mar 5

Everyone knows a well-fed lawn is a happy lawn, but in order to avoid having pounds of fertilizer empty into local waterways, without much growth to show for it, it’s important to do your reading first.    Below, I’ve compiled list list of key questions from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service you should consider before taking the plunge: 1. W H A T  T Y P…

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Jan 3

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…

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Dec 4

It’s Christmas time, and down here in Texas we do things slightly differently than in other states. That’s why, with a name like “Christmas cactus”, you knew I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to talk about this succulent sweetheart.  1. Watering/Soil. Christmas cactus, or Schlumbergera bridgessii, needs moist soil to grow, but not soaking. Too much and the plant will…

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Nov 6

With the weather finally starting to cool down and the holiday spirit starting to ramp up, you’re probably planning on preparing a lot of holiday meals this coming winter and fall. And what would a holiday meal be, of course, without some fresh herbs! Herbs not only taste good, they look good, and can be a beautiful part of any landscape. Especially, when…

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Oct 2

And that means: plant, plant, plant! Contrary to popular belief, in Texas, fall might be an even better time to plant perennials, trees, and shrubs than spring is. That’s because our mild winter allows roots to grow and become established, so that when spring does come the plants can take full advantage. Be sure to do your research beforehand, of course, as every…

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Jul 14

Good to the Last Drop

By Hayley Tiefenthaler | Leave a comment

Native Edge Landscape is committed to being environmentally responsible by only using the most sustainable practices. Rain gardens are one of the best examples I have seen of this in my time here at Native Edge. The juxtaposition of clay soils and limestone bedrock here in Austin naturally sheds stormwater into the city’s drainage system…

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May 1

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…

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