Summer Landscaping Ideas for a Texas Environment

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A-Affordable Lawn & Tree Co. offers some summer landscaping ideas for the often dry and water-restricted Texas environment.

As residents know, the summers in Texas are hot and dry. With the state’s water preservation requirements, landscaping can become a difficult and stressful task. A-Affordable Lawn & Tree Co. has some tips for summer landscaping for homeowners. Landscaping doesn’t have to be complicated and depressing.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, there are plenty of plant and flower choices for every level of gardener, from novice to expert. Their list is also water-preservation friendly.

For flower lovers, BH&G suggests Salvia farinacea, a Texas native that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies but not deer. Its flowers are purplish-blue and can rebloom all summer long. It is also heat and drought tolerant.

Another hummingbird and butterfly attractor is Turks cap. Native to south Texas, this perennial prefers shady spots and can range in colors from red and pink to white. It’s drought resistant once established and grows quickly.

One of the native trees to Texas, the Chinkapin oak, is also a great choice for landscapes. With rich green leaves, this tree, once established, is drought resistant and heat-tolerant. In the fall, the Chinkapin oak will also wow when the leaves change to bright yellow and orange-brown.

To read BH&G’s full list, please visit, http://www.bhg.com/gardening/gardening-by-region/south/super-plants-for-texas-landscapes/.

Xeriscaping is another landscaping option becoming increasingly popular in Texas due to the water restrictions. The common assumption is that xeriscaping involves turning the entire yard into a rock garden. Contrary to that belief, xeriscaping is just a well-planned design for yards that minimizes water consumption through the use of low-water plants and grasses as well as designed areas for decks, patios, shady spots and benches.

Please visit the San Antonio Water System website for information on xeriscaping, http://www.saws.org/Conservation/Outdoor/sevensteps.cfm.

A-Affordable Lawn and Tree Co. can help their clients with landscaping design and planning as well as xeriscaping. They are known for high-quality workmanship and customer service. Call them today for an estimate, (210)263-3954, or visit their website for more information.

About the company:
A-Affordable Lawn and Tree is a family owned landscaping company that has been serving San Antonio residents since 1982. Over the years, A-Affordable Lawn has developed a strong reputation for being reliable, knowledgeable, skilled and creative with every project. Among the many services provided include: custom landscape design, sprinkler installation and repair and tree care. Their staff treats each landscaping project with the utmost attention, resulting in a finished product of high quality. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.yourlocallandscapingsa.com.

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