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Landscaping

Every landscape should include:

Water

Water benefits the landscape by providing sound, interaction, wildlife value, and is also a people magnet.

Plants

We all know how plants benefit a landscape, so let’s talk about what kind we use. We use native plants and plants adapted to our region. We focus on drought tolerant, low maintenance, long blooming plants.

Rocks

At Texas Land Design we love rocks. Big rocks, small rocks, it doesn’t matter to us! Why are we so passionate about rocks? Because when incorporated in landscapes they give an immediate impact and lend a timeless, natural feel to the garden.

Levels

Nature does not plant everything on the same level, why should we? Levels provide layers and interest and are accomplished through varying plant height and using boulders to raise bed levels.

Interaction

Our landscapes are not just to look at, interact with them! Touch, smell, and pick flowers. Wade in the stream or water garden. Hear the waterfall and birds. Watch colorful fish dance through the water or hummingbirds and butterflies dart from bloom to bloom. Go ahead, be a kid again!

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Spring is around the corner and at Texas Land Design we know you can’t wait to get outside and work in your garden. Since most people find working in their garden to be relaxing and enjoyable, we want to give you a few tips to help you prepare for your spring cleanup.

If you have not done it yet, removing leaves and broken branches will be easy to take care of and is the best place to start. If you have a wooded lot, this will allow you to see the other work that needs to be done to clean the garden.

Plants will soon begin to show new growth so now is a great time to get to trimming and rein in those wild growers! It’s much easier to cut plants back before the old growth gets tangled with the new growth. So after you sharpen your trimmers, just follow these simple ideas:

All annual plants from last year will not grow back and will need to be removed and additional plants will need to be purchased if you want the space filled. Perennial plants are a great option to consider since most of them in our Texas climate will return year after year.

Many perennial plants actually prefer to be left standing throughout the winter for extra protection, so now is a great time to clean up last year’s growth and cut them back to a few inches off the ground. This will allow them to begin fresh this year with all new growth and your garden will look fresh and clean.

Most Evergreen plants can also be trimmed at this time to a height that works best for your landscape. They enjoy a little hair cut to encourage fresh growth.

Perennial flowering shrubs can be cut back each spring. These are pruned in the spring, to limit winter damage and to encourage those that flower to start sending out new flowering branches. It’s best to wait until danger of a hard freeze is past.


Decorative Grasses can be cut back now to 6-8 inches above the ground and will begin to grow at their own pace. You don’t need to wait to see new growth. Getting ride of last years stems will help you feel like you have your new landscape back again.

Weeding in the early spring is a great way to start your garden off to a good start. The soil is normally still soft and makes it easier to pull.

After all is done, make sure to add a layer of 3 inches of mulch to conserve water, cool the plants roots, feed the soil and smother weeds.

Water Gardens also need a fresh clean up to remove all the winter leaves and all other debris from the winter months. Remove all decaying aquatic plants, check all the underwater lights, and start a beneficial Bacteria program to give a head start to your after work evenings relaxing by the pond.

Examples of flowering trees and shrubs to prune in early spring, while dormant:

  • Dwarf Youpon
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Honeysuckle
  • Vitex
  • Spirea
  • Redbud
  • Knockout Rose
  • Bradford Pear
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Hydrangea
  • Crape Myrtle (don’t top or cut flat on top; only thin the trunks and branches)

However, you may decide to wait until after the bloom cycle to trim some early bloomers:

  • Azalea
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Hawthorn

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