Change, Your Name is Constance

Changes are happening at BioGardener, just like they do with every business, family, and person that has ever lived.  The seasons still change every year, though a little differently each time,  clients change as their lifestyles require, and the climate of doing business in a fast-growing city changes every week.  Reflecting on how we’ve changed over the last 13 years, we are currently updating our website.  It feels appropriate to change the way we introduce ourselves to new clients, and to better represent a BioGardener that’s a little less scrappy, a little more refined, and a lot more paced.

Heartleaf Skullcap at Pedernales Lofts

One constant over the past several years has been the drought, and our reluctance to Go Big on projects because of pressure on local water resources.  We are still focused on a “work with what’s there” approach, and applying gradual changes through better maintenance.  This non-traditional philosophy, as it always has, makes sense to some clients and turns off others.  I don’t take the rejections to our philosophy as personally as I used to, one of the good changes that happen when one gets older.

Crossvine at Austin City Hall

We will still be doing a Tree Sale this season like always, probably in January when the schedule and soil temps cool, so look for that announcement soon.  We are still collecting tips for the crew as we always do this time year, for anyone who has the means and desire to express an extra thank-you for another year of hard work.  A big Thanks to everyone who has already contributed – so far we’ve collected over $1,900 with more trickling in every day.  That display of gratitude and thoughtfulness always moves me.

BioGardener HQ at Sunrise

As for garden duties, consider shutting off irrigation systems for winter, running them manually once a month to give the trees a good soak in case of a dry winter.  This also helps keep valves from gumming up from inactivity.  Let those leaves accumulate in beds if you can tolerate the aesthetic, and hold off on winter cutbacks if you can until later in the season.  Leaves and last year’s growth on plants are a great soil insulator, and major pruning now could trigger growth which would inevitably freeze again.  It’s also nice to appreciate the bareness of a winter landscape, and the surprises that native plants give us in what most consider to be the colorless season.

American Beautyberry at McCullough Ave

Thanks to our friend Gretchen for these photos and for those coming to the new website.  Look for that new site soon, and look forward to another year of change!  Thanks to all of our clients for another successful year of both change and stability, we’re excited to see what comes next.


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