Native Land Design Blog

Ben Collinsworth

Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

Recent Posts

What Makes Native Land Design Different

Ben Collinsworth

Every landscaping company likes to think they’re different — that they somehow rise above.

But are they?

They might tell you about their new trucks, their professional uniforms, their updated equipment.

At Native Land Design, all that’s a given.

That’s not what makes us different.

Chris Rhodes, Native Land’s director of marketing and business development, talks to clients about this all the time.

What really makes Native Land different?


HOA Playground Maintenance 101: Much More Than Mulch

Ben Collinsworth

Children living in a homeowners’ association (HOA) community and their playgrounds go together like peanut butter and jelly. Nothing beats having a nearby, safe area for children to gather and enjoy the outdoors together while their parents visit with each other.


However, safety is a huge concern when it comes to any outdoor play structure and the surrounding landscape. An HOA must keep safety in mind when hiring a landscape professional to assist them in maintaining its playground.


While mulch is a very large factor in HOA playground upkeep and safety (we’ll go more into mulch below), it’s not the only consideration. There are other factors that impact HOA playground safety that your landscape professional can help you address.



Fall Landscaping "To-Do" List for Property Managers

Ben Collinsworth

 

Texas commercial properties have faced a good freeze already this fall, and the grass is finally dormant.

 

The landscape appears to finally be going to bed for the winter.  

 

But this doesn’t mean you should neglect your commercial landscape. There are some important tasks that are essential for you to keep at the top of your priority list to help prepare your Texas property for the coming year and active growing season.


Employee Close-up: Patricia Buckley

Ben Collinsworth

Patricia “Patti” Buckley’s favorite landscape projects are the “ones that go just as planned.”

 

The organized Buckley joined Native Land Design as an account manager just more than one year ago because it was “exactly the job I was looking for,” she says.

 


Sure-Fire Signs Your Landscape Maintenance Provider is Underperforming on Your Bid

Ben Collinsworth

Feeling a little pressure as a Texas commercial property manager?

We understand. It’s a tough job. You have tenants to answer to. You have a budget to adhere to. You have requests and complaints and suggestions coming at you from every direction. The last thing you want to do is waste time, energy or money by investing in a professional who isn’t delivering the results you agreed to. 

But, unfortunately, not every hire is going to meet or exceed your expectations.


Native Employee Extravaganza

Ben Collinsworth

At Native you don’t have to look too hard to find us squeezing some fun into our busy schedule. Weather it’s the company cookoff, a trip to Washington, an annual kick off meeting, or even a trip to a vineyard, we are always up to something.  We certainly recognize the importance of hard work and customer service, but making Native a great place to work and feel at home is also a priority.


New Hire: Emily Pridgeon

Ben Collinsworth

 

Native is proud to announce the newest addition to our team Emily Pridgeon. Emily comes to


us with 12 years landscape experience and a B.S in Horticulture from Teas A&M University.

 


Employee Close-up: Jessica Cruz

Ben Collinsworth

 

Jessica Cruz never thought she would end up as a landscape professional.    

 

The Native Land Design account manager started as an urban planning major at Texas A&M University, which included a lot of similar classes that are part of the landscape architect degree. Things changed when she took a horticulture class as an elective with some friends who were landscape architecture majors. “The rest,” she says, “was history. I was hooked on plants.”

 


How Native uses technology to provide professional customer service.

Ben Collinsworth

A whopping 89 percent of consumers have stopped doing business with a company after experiencing poor customer service.

 

This according to the RightNow Customer Experience Impact Report.

 

At Native Land Design, we know how important customer service is. It plays a critical role in how we think, plan and strategize our business.

 

We never want our customers to feel like it’s challenging to do business with us.

 

As such, over the last four years we’ve invested in some key technology to make doing business with us much simpler.


Hate Landscape Budget Planning? Your Account Manager Can Help!

Ben Collinsworth

It’s that time of year again … and it’s not one that many folks look forward to.


Dental cleaning and cavity filling? Root canal time? Your least favorite distant relative is coming to visit? And they want to stay with you for a week? Nope. None of the above! It’s landscape budget planning season. And some property managers say it’s even more dreadful than any painful dental visit or uncomfortable family get-together.


Why is this the worst time of year? Because it’s getting to be the busiest time of year as school starts soon and the holidays near, so momentum is building toward year’s end. At the same time, meeting or beating annual numbers is on everyone’s mind. Planning the next year’s budget amidst all of this activity is typically one of the least enjoyable aspects of your job. 

Sometimes, though, we make the task worse on ourselves because we don’t take advantage of tools and tricks that can make it easier. You can avoid the many pain points of landscape budget planning by taking advantage of the wisdom of your landscape account manager.

Here’s how.


Close Up:  Intern Elizabeth Lane

Ben Collinsworth

 Native is proud to introduce our Austin intern Elizabeth Lane.  Elizabeth is originally form Marble Falls, TX and is a student at Texas Tech University.  She is majoring in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in plant and soil science. While serving as the secretary for the Student American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA), she is also a member of the Texas Tech recruiting team AgriTechsans.