Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
16 Apr 2012

Dallas Area Sun Loving Summer Annuals – Portulaca

Portulaca, otherwise known as moss rose, is makes a carpet of bright
colors – yellow, red, orange and white.
They reach about 6″ in height.  These love the heat so much they are
almost desert plants.  You have to make sure they’re in full sun most
of the day because as the sun goes down the blooms close.  Again,
you’re better off under watering these a little because the foliage
will turn yellow and you’ll lose the blooms.

14 Apr 2012

Dallas Area Sun Loving Summer Annuals – Penta

Pentas are another good choice for an annual in a sunny location
in the north Dallas area.  They reach about 12″ in height and have
red, pink and purple blooms. They are very hardy and, since they’re
not quite as popular as some annuals, they stand out as a little
different from the rest.

09 May 2011

Starting a landscape installation in Sachse

We’re starting a landscape installation in Sachse today.  The home has a beautiful stone border but it is too close to the house to allow us to create depth so we’re extending the beds out in front of the stone by eight feet.  The builder also used lots of dwarf burfords which are great plants but not great placed as a hedge in front of the house.  We’ll be moving them to the sides of the house were they can reach their natural height of 8′ tall.  Our first step is to mark the rough outline of the bed with blue paint.

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03 May 2011

Surface drains are better than pipes

After spending 30 years repairing sprinklers and installing landscape in North Dallas, what I have noticed is there are very few drainage problems.  What I find most of the time when I’m called to fix a drainage issue is we have an over-watering issue instead.  When there is a real drainage issue most people want to solve it with pipes.   French drains that are filled with gravel are not very effective in the heavy, clay soils we have in Dallas, Richardson, Plano and the surrounding areas so where possible, we want to use surface drainage instead.  The area in the photo below used to run across bare dirt, over a retaining wall and straight into the neighbor’s pool.  We added river rock along the path of the water to slow it down and added ivy where the  was likely to spill out to further break up the water.  Yesterday we had two inches of rain starting at 2am and continuing into the afternoon.  There is no sign of run off on the other side of the retaining wall and the neighbor is delighted with us.  His problem was solved and our client has a beautiful addition to his landscape – much nicer looking than gravel and pipes.


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25 Apr 2011

Tree stakes are rarely good

When you plant a new tree you have to stake ir to keep it from falling over right? Not necessarily. A new tree should have a large enough rootball that it doesn’t need to be staked. What”s wrong with staking a tree? Take a look at the photo below in this Garland landscape and you’ll see what happens when the wire around the trunk gets forgotten.  Eventually the tree grows over the wire and girdles the tree – cutting off the supply of nutrients running between the roots and the leaves.  You’d be surprised at the number of trees I have seen this on.