PollyDog Landscapes – Naturally

PollyDog Landscapes is a landscape design, consultation, and lawn and garden care company specializing in the planning and organic care of native and drought tolerant landscapes for the Austin Hill Country since 2005.

The Hill Country has long been known for its abundant springs, rivers, and lakes. The frequent droughts and sudden population growth are threatening those beautiful waterways that we hold dear. In an effort to help to protect our rivers, lakes, and aquifers PollyDog uses only all natural, non-toxic fertilizers and pest and disease control methods.

Our landscape design plans focus on reducing water usage without sacrificing the color and beauty most valued in a home landscape. A drought tolerant landscape does not have to be cactus and gravel. There are many beautiful, xeric plants available that provide color, movement, and a wide assortment of textures to the landscape.

PollyDog currently provides services to the Hill Country communities along the south shore of Lake Travis; including Spicewood, Briarcliff, Lakeway, Bee Caves, and Westlake.

Time to think about Spring Weeds!

I know it seems crazy, but it is already time to think about Spring weeds here in the Hill Country. Crabgrass can begin germinating as early as late January. This year, with the freezing temps, it will likely be closer to the first or second week of February. It is a good idea to have corn gluten on hand so that it can be applied at the correct time. That is, as soon as temperatures begin to warm up and we have a good rain.
Corn gluten works by preventing about 60% of the weed seeds from germinating. So, it will help to get control of the weeds. No, it does not completely eradicate weeds. As in all things organic, a healthy balance is the goal. A combination of hand weeding and corn gluten every season will greatly reduce the number of weeds over time. Eventually, that 60% control will be for a few weeds rather than a lawn full of them.