Seedy Native Landscape

This week, I accidentally drove by a landscape we ‘designed’ and installed back in 2008.  There were erosion problems, so we built a stream bed to channel water away from the house. 

For the rest of the landscape, we installed Austin-native foundation plants like Twist Leaf Yucca, Spineless Pricklypear, Kidneywood, Nolina, Cedar Sage, Mexican Buckeye, and Big Muhly, then seeded the rest with buffalo grass and blue grama, and a mix of wildflowers that don’t mind a little shade.

Before

April 2008

Seeds, native or not, generally need constant soil moisture over several days to germinate into baby plants.  Baby plants need regular water to establish roots, which is hard to get during dry conditions when you don’t have an automatic irrigation system.  The first summer after finishing the project didn’t go so well, even after another round of seeding.  With no response to my followups, I assumed I made someone mad and just sorta gave up on it.  It became one of those projects I just cringed to think about.  Until this week.

April 2011

April 2011

It’s actually starting to fill in nicely despite three years of funky weather and a super slow start.  And in a backyard shed somewhere in Allandale, a lawnmower is corroding from disuse.

Peace Out, Lawnmower

Peace Out, Lawnmower

 

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