PollyDog Landscapes is a landscape design, consultation, and lawn and garden care company specializing in the planning and organic care of native and drought tolerant landscapes for the Austin Hill Country.
The Hill Country has long been known for its abundant springs, rivers, and lakes. The current drought and sudden population growth are threatening those beautiful waterways that we hold dear. In an effort to help to protect our rivers, lakes, and aquifers PollyDog uses only all natural, non-toxic fertilizers and pest and disease control methods.
Our landscape design plans focus on reducing water usage without sacrificing the color and beauty most valued in a home landscape. A drought tolerant landscape does not have to be cactus and gravel. There are many beautiful, xeric plants available that provide color, movement, and a wide assortment of textures to the landscape.
PollyDog currently provides services to the Hill Country communities along the south shore of Lake Travis; including Spicewood, Briarcliff, Lakeway, Bee Caves, and Westlake.
If you brought plants inside for the winter now is the time to move them on out. After being inside all winter there are a few things you should do to help the plants adjust to the great outdoors. Place the pots in a shady area. Even if the plants normally love full sun, if you put them on the sunny porch right away they will burn up. Leave them in the shade for a week or two and gradually move them out into the sun. Also, rinse the leaves of the plants. Odds are they are dusty and have a few aphids and/or spider mites. If there are more pests than can be easily rinsed with a hose then spray them with a mild horticultural soap. Finally, feed the plants with an organic fertilizer and they are all set for their new home outdoors.
With the cooler temperatures and potential rainfall (fingers crossed!) those pesky winter weeds will be germinating soon. Apply corn gluten now to control those weeds by knocking them out as they sprout. Timing is everything when it comes to corn gluten applications and for best results apply it before October 1.
Help your lawn and shrubs bounce back from winter by spraying them with a foliar fertilizer rich in molasses and seaweed. The micro-nutrients help plants recover from the stresses of winter and drought, and the molasses feeds the beneficial micro-organisms in the soil.
It is time to apply nematodes to help control fire ants. Nematodes also help to control fleas, ticks, and other soil borne pests. Be sure to follow application instructions carefully.
I will be speaking at the Natural Gardener this Saturday, 8/10/2013, as a part of their Summer season classes. Class begins at 9:00 a.m. and will last about one hour. I will be discussing everything from basic maintenance practices to treating pest and disease problems. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers so bring a notebook, a comfy chair, and lots of water. Even at 9 a.m. it will be hot!
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