Brents Tree Service’s experienced crews of insured arborists tend to Austin-area arboreal life with pruning, branch clearing, and other tree-care services. A free in-person consultation precedes each job, the cost of which can vary based on the difficulty of the job, the size of the tree, and the number of rings the tree wears. Four-person teams tote chippers, chipper trucks, and other essential equipment to clear branches after storms, prune unhealthy limbs from trees, and remove troubled trees altogether. Tree owners can fortify their leafy charges with eco-friendly organic fertilizer that feeds roots directly, or take advantage of cabling and bracing services that support branch and trunk structure. After each job, crews clean up debris and haul it away to prevent ghost branches from hurling themselves back and forth across yards in an effort to torture the dog.
Operating under the motto, “Grow food. We’ll help,” Resolution Gardens envisions a future where everyone has access to healthy, organically grown food. The Austin-based movement began in 2009, when founder Randy Jewart and his green-thumbed cohorts set out to plant gardens across all of Austin’s 800,000 acres, or as much as homeowners and territorial sprinklers would allow.
One backyard at a time, Jewart and his team have helped their neighbors install vegetable plots, raised beds, and custom gardens, providing all the necessary materials and designs throughout the process. Whether starting from scratch or adding to an existing patch, they offer a full range of garden sizes. After installation, customers can reap a variety of benefits, including healthier eating, healthier bank accounts, and more comfortable sleeping quarters for when former scarecrows pay a visit.
Noticing that water restrictions were increasingly frequent, gardener Eric Pedley decided to turn his hobby of cultivating succulents into a business. With business partner and fellow local Julie Patton, he filled a rented greenhouse with desert-dwelling plants capable of storing large reserves of water in their leaves and surviving in arid climates. The diverse inventory ranges from prickly cacti to lush aloe and agave, all of which make for nontraditional additions to home gardens. While customers shop, staffers dish out tips on soil mixes, drainage systems, and guttural incantations to prolong the life of potted or outdoor arrangements. The knowledgeable staff—featured on Central Texas Gardener—also creates and delivers festive potted arrangements.
The staff at Arbolito Horticulture tends to each of the native and adapted plants to fully-fledged greenery, always using all-natural products to create hearty, healthy shrubs, trees, and perennials. Looking for a tree that provides shade, ornamental qualities, or even bears fruit, the immense inventory includes all three, with varieties such as peach trees, windmill palms, and desert willows. Meanwhile, lower ground cover is found among perennials, which range in size and color from ancient blue agave to vines and daisies.
The team at Texas Lawn Services will sweep away the dead leaves, twigs, and brambles that are hiding your ribald azaleas from cute horticulturalists. They'll lop off the tree branches that snatch small children ($80–$300), chase the bison from your shoulder-high hedges, and tame any feral lawn that's started snacking on neighborhood cats (mowing averages $40). They'll also inspect your sprinkler system ($70), install your favorite plants, mulch the heck out of everything not rooted down, and test your slip-n-slide before its annual summertime unveiling.