Beyond Paradise Nursery spreads scores of succulents, shrubs, flowers, palm trees, and other seasonal plants across its spacious 3-acre facility. Homeowners can fill empty spaces with long-lasting blooms such as 3-gallon Double Knock Out roses ($20), or let the colorful petals of a 3-gallon loropetalum ($16) cheer up a lonely lawn ornament. Encore azaleas ($25 for a 3-gal.) turn their vibrant faces toward driveways and porches; the blossoms of Little John bottlebrushes ($20 for a 3-gal.) blow in the breeze like miniature pom-poms. During the holiday season, a variety of poinsettias will also be available.
The nursery gurus at Bloomer's Home & Garden Center help fledgling green thumbs and experts alike design and cultivate flourishing gardens and lush landscapes. Browse display gardens to gather inspiration for backyard greenhouses, or pick out perennials ($4.99+) and azaleas ($8.99+) to enliven a flower bed with a flash mob of fragrances and colors. Learn about building a pond or water feature before adopting pond fish ($4.99+), or re-create the famed Hanging Gardens of Trenton with flowering hanging baskets ($17.99).
The dedicated grass whisperers at Scapes Environmental Design spruce up front-yard foliage with a retinue of mulch-cutting mowers. Green carpets of up to 4,500 square feet are scythed once a week, kept short enough so as to not sprout unsightly dandelion colonies or swallow up immobile sunbathers. Each mowing is accompanied by an edging of grassy cuticles from sidewalks, driveways, and front curbs, the viridian debris eventually whisked away by a blower. Whether for a month or a one-time service, Scapes Environmental Design relieves homeowners from the onerous task of intimidating grass back into the netherworld, freeing up time for weekend getaways or getting to the bottom of their pet parakeet's recent sullen comments.
If a Houston homeowner's landscape is a family made up of verdant lawns, colorful flowers, and leafy shrubs, then the trees are the shy middle children. Unlike the lawn, trees don't get doted on with nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Unlike flowers, trees are not patiently pruned, weeded, or plucked and pinned to a grandmother's lapel. Sadly, most homeowners only pay attention to trees once it's too late; by then, their foliage has wilted to a pale yellowy complexion and they’ve started hanging out with bad crowds of bagworms or pine-bark beetles. At Texas Tree Team, arborists make sure that these gentle specimens get the nurturing they need to survive and thrive. Their services care for trees throughout their leafy life span, from planting and feeding to pruning and stump removal. The team also protects trees threatened with displacement or removal by construction or urban sprawl, preserving shade and blossoms for future residents. Along with protecting mature trees, the company also plants new saplings, dotting landscapes with trees ranging from color-sprayed magnolias, bradford pears, pecan trees, or crepe myrtles to palms hearty enough to weather even the hottest heat waves.
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.