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February 5, 2013 by admin

Central Texas Landscaping Tips: Shrubs

Spring time is right around the corner—making it the perfect time to give your yard a makeover. With so many different plants and flowers to choose from, it can be overwhelming when determining  what to choose. When landscaping your yard, it is important to consider the Central Texas climate as well as how much shade and sunlight your plants will naturally get. Here are a few suggestions of some native Central Texas shrubs that thrive in the environment, are low maintenance, and will make your yard beautiful.

White Mistflower

This drought tolerant, Native Texas shrub grows 2-6ft tall. It produces a long lasting, sweet smelling pinkish-white flower that blooms in October-November. It grows best in the sun with dry soil. Not only is the plant beautiful, but it also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

White Mistflower

 

Flame Acanthus

This shrub produces a stunning red-orange flower, making it a very popular choice in landscape design. In favorable conditions, it will spread seed, resulting in more budding plants. The plant will bloom June – October and is known to do well in patio pots. It is drought tolerant and can also survive lower temperatures. It does best in sun/part-shade and will adapt to a variety of soils.

Flame Acanthus

 

Texas Kindeywood

This shrub grows anywhere from 3-10ft tall with an open structure and has many branches. It grows quickly and makes a great accent shrub. It produces a 3-4 inch “spike” of white flowers at the end of the branches. The flowers are known to produce a sweet citrus-like smell that attract both butterflies and bees. The most common time for this plant to bloom is May – October. It requires low water usage and does best in the sun. However, this plant also does well in lower temperatures.

Texas Kidneywood

 

Red Yucca

This shrub provides a stunning accent to any yard growing 3-5 ft tall. It produces long spikes of pink-red coral bell-shaped flowers that last from May-October. Not only is this shrub beautiful, but it is also extremely durable. It tolerates both extreme heat and cold, adapts to many soils, and needs little to no extra attention. This shrub does best in sun/part-shade.

Red Yucca

 

All of the shrubs mentioned above not only add a beautiful accent to a landscape, but are also durable and low-maintenance. For more information on Central Texas landscaping contact us here.

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December 27, 2012 by admin

5 Lawn Care Tips

1. Have Sharp Blades and Mow Often
To keep a green lawn, the best rule of thumb is frequent cutting, which ensures that your lawn will grow thick and weeds won’t spring up. Sharpen your mower blades so the grass isn’t torn up and susceptible to wilting diseases.

2. Refrain From Mowing Wet Grass
Mowing when the lawn is wet with water will mash down the soil so the roots don’t get great oxygen intake. When that happens, the grass withers and your lawn can end up with bald areas.

3. Leave clippings in your lawn
Don’t remove the clippings fro your lawn. You’ll avoid trips to that trash with mulch bags. Also the clippings fertilize the soil. If you’re mowing frequently, the clippings are short and sparse. Eventually they wind up back in the soil and they don’t end up looking dried and withered.

4. Don’t Water at Night
The grass needs to dry before the dew comes down. Extended periods of watering can bring about disease. The best time to water is early in the morning. Water will evaporate by midday and you’ll be paying for evaporation.

5. Use One Fertilizer
Mixing fertilizers doesn’t yield great results, especially if you are combining synthetic and natural fertilizers.

 

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October 25, 2012 by admin

Outdoor Kitchen Series: Part 5

As winter is approaching, stay warm as you cook in your outdoor kitchen with an outdoor fireplace. An outdoor fireplace is a beautiful addition to any outdoor kitchen. Here are a few ideas of how we can construct an outdoor fireplace:

 

Outdoor fireplace and kitchen area

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on our outdoor fireplaces and kitchens visit us here.

 

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October 9, 2012 by admin

Visit Our New Location!

DH Landscape Design’s goal is to provide the best landscaping and landscape design services efficiently while making it easy for our clients to do business with us. Currently, we serve:

  • Austin
  • Lakeway
  • Bee Cave
  • Lago Vista
  • Briar Cliff
  • Dripping Springs
  • And more surrounding locations in Texas

In order to serve the greater Central Texas area more efficiently and effectively, we have relocated to a more central location at:

12015 Highway 290 West
Bldg D
Austin, TX 78737

We hope current and future clients will be better served by our new location and we look forward to providing the landscaping and landscape design services you need in order to beautify your home.

For more information on our services, visit us here.

 

 

 

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October 2, 2012 by admin

Outdoor Kitchens: Big Budget Outdoor Kitchens Part 4

Outdoor Kitchens come in all shapes in sizes. However, if you have a large budget to spend on an outdoor kitchen, here are some ideas that can be used to create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams!

1. Shade yourself from the sun when grilling/cooking outside with a custom pergola for your outdoor kitchen

2. Choose a sustainable, yet aesthetic countertop such as granite. If you really want to go above and beyond, you can match the countertops in your indoor kitchen with your outdoor kitchen.

3. The appliances are obviously the most important component to any outdoor kitchen. We recommend a 52 1/2′ grill, wine refrigerator, refreshment beverage center, and trash compactor to fulfill your outdoor appliance needs and dreams.

4. If you will be enjoying your outdoor kitchen when the weather turns cold, a beautiful outdoor fireplace is the perfect addition to an outdoor kitchen.

5. Lastly, if you are building your outdoor kitchen area from scratch, a stone patio constructed with Oklahoma Sand Stone creates a beautiful, low maintenance, and easy to clean floor.

After following all of these steps, your outdoor kitchen will look something like this:

For more information on outdoor kitchens, contact us today and visit our website here.

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