April 2017

New Braunfels Landscaping

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Landscaping Plants

Let’s talk about plants.  Every customer who calls for a New Braunfels landscaping quote usually asks for low maintenance, low water, hardy plants.  They want a plant that can take our summer heat and winter extremes while withstanding drought and lack of proper care.  The one solution to their problems is actually very simple but yet sometimes not inviting.   It can be summed up in one word: Native.  That’s right, native (or adapted) plants.  But what some landscaper call native is not native at all.

Native Plants

For example, Bottlebrush bush.  It is on various nurseries and landscapers list of Texas native plants.  The fact of the matter, it is native to Australia, not Texas.  This was obvious after the last two winter freezes.  Numerous customers had either burnt bottlebrushes tips or lost entire stems and plants.  When trying to prune the death from the bush, the plant suffers from permanent disfigurement and the shape will never truly be natural.  This goes for Oleanders too.  Oleanders were either badly damaged during our two cold snaps this winter or froze to death.  Again, they are not native to Texas, yet, adapted.  However, not adaptable enough to withstand extreme cold.

Wildlife Plants

Native plants are a wonderful attribute to any landscape.  It not only brings natural beauty but also provides food and ecological environment to our Texas wildlife.  One vital creator for which needs immediate habitat protection is our honey bees or even bees in general.  Bees are so vital to pollination and the reproduction of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Oh, and honey too.  When we choose plants, it is essential that we look not only at what the plant can do for our landscape but also for our native inhabitant.

Landscaping Design

As the landscape designer for Liberty Lawn & Landscaping Inc., I strive to build my designs around both the customer and the native environment.  Pleasing the eye is a key element in my designs but it is truly about the essence of the customer’s environment and habitation.  By utilizing the environment, I build an 85% – 100% native-based plant design to establish a low maintenance, low water, hard landscape.  One of my favorite tools is a plant guide published by the City of Austin through Texas AgriLife Extension office.  The Earthwise guide is titled, “Grow Green: Native and Adapted Landscape Plants.”

Native and Adaptable

This guide is fundamental, yet, a basic tool for all Native plant information.  From the size, light requirement, seasonal growth, color, water, wildlife, and maintenance, this guide sheds light on the value and placement of our Native/Adapted plants.  It can be found online or purchased at various nursery locations in and around the Austin area.

For a magnificent and ideal landscape, call Liberty Lawn & Landscaping Inc. today.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.


New Braunfels Lawn Care

New Braunfels Lawn Care

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As one of New Braunfels Lawn Care company, it is important to remember safety while mowing grass.  There are various ways to injury oneself, resulting in thousands of dollars in healthcare bills.  And, it doesn’t just end at the mower and weed-eater.  Edgers, trimmers, blowers and sprayers are the tools that can cause injury.  However, lawn chemicals are just as harmful to the body as tools.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported more than 230,000 people are injured per year with lawn equipment and tools.

Lawn Mowers

With mower blades rotating 200mph, lawn mowers are dangerous equipment that can be deadly. On behalf of New Braunfels Lawn Care companies, we implement the following standards to prevent injury. Watch for holes and hidden hazards.  Don’t drive too close to a creek, ditch or any other obstructions.  Make sure the transmission is in neutral and the mower blade disengaged before starting the engine.  Mow up and down sloping terrain. Do not mow across a slope.  Keep the mower in gear when going down slopes.  Slow down when turning and when working on slopes.  Always look behind you before backing the mower.  Disengage the mower blade when on pavement, sidewalks or gravel lanes.

Power Tools

Lawn care tools have enough power to cause fatal accidents if not used appropriately.  Numerous New Braunfels Lawn Care companies are operating these tools in hazardous methods.  One significant issue with line trimmers is removing protective guards and string guides.  This is a violation of OSHA and can cause serious injuries to the worker and bystanders.  Liberty Lawn & Landscaping Inc. employees the following standards to prevent injury.

Before trimming, remove glass, limbs, rocks and trash that could become projectiles.  Watch for exposed electrical wires, communication lines, and extension cords to avoid damaging them with the trimmer string.  Don’t remove protective guards and string guides.  Monitor the string length.  Automatic-feed and bump-feed trimmers may release more string than you think and cause the string to strike you unexpectedly.  Make sure all children and bystanders are out of the way before you begin trimming.  Protect yourself with long pants, long-sleeve shirts, gloves, hard boots, goggles or safety glasses, and earplugs.  With electric trimmers, inspect all extension cords for cuts, nicks or scrapes.  Exposed wires are an electrical hazard. Replace damaged cords immediately.

Safety is Priority

New Braunfels Lawn Care companies are the professionals who set the standards for industry safety.  As one of the primer New Braunfels Lawn Care companies, Liberty Lawn & Landscaping Inc. enforces the use of a safety program similar to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Lawn Maintenance Safety. For further safety details please review the following document: http://agsafety.tamu.edu/files/2011/06/LAWN-MAINTENANCE-SAFETY3.pdf

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