Native Land Design Blog

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. 

Landscaping Around Pools at HOA and Multifamily Properties: 3 Best Practices

Ben Collinsworth

Pools are a popular addition to multifamily and homeowner’s association (HOA) properties in Texas. They make these places appealing to current and potential residents, particularly during the hotter summer months.

And to ensure tenants enjoy these areas all season long, landscaping can create a more relaxing environment. But how do you add the right kind of landscape additions around your multifamily or HOA pool without creating additional and unnecessary maintenance?

Follow these best practices when enhancing the landscapes around your swimming areas.


Close Up:  Intern Carly Wright

Ben Collinsworth

Native is proud to introduce our summer intern that is working in our Houston Office, Carly Wright. Carly is currently a Horticulture major at Stephen F Austin.  Carly recently competed in the Flower and Foliage Identification competition at the NCLC this past March. 

Texas Landscape Labor (The Impact H-2B Has on Your Landscape Contractor)

Ben Collinsworth

Landscaping, in most areas of the country, is a seasonal business. While some areas have seasons that last longer than others, there is still usually a peak growing and landscape maintenance season, as well as a season where less work is required to keep your outdoor spaces trim and tidy. This means there’s a period of time where landscape businesses need additional labor to get work done in a timely and consistent fashion.

As a result, the challenge landscape business owners face is they must ramp up their workforce in March and then wind that down for approximately three to four months out of the year in Texas.

Internships at Native Land Design

Ben Collinsworth

Don’t tell us — let us guess. You want to be a landscape designer.

We’re not sure what’s up, but it seems every college student in a landscaping program has their eye on design these days.

We love designers. They play a crucial role. But you know there’s more out there, right?

Intern with us here at Native Land Design, and you’ll experience every facet of the landscaping business, from estimating to enhancements.

Common Texas Lawn Insects, Diseases & Weeds Every Property Manager Should Be Able To Spot

Ben Collinsworth

There are a lot of problems you face during the growing season on your Texas commercial property. And most of these problems happen in the lawn.

A fine blanket of lush green turf that has blemishes on it in the form of scraggly weeds, brown patches of disease or torn up bits from armadillos trying to get at the insects lurking beneath stands out like a sore thumb. No office park, hospital, retail center, homeowner's association or other commercial property wants its image tarnished by a lawn riddled with blemishes and infestations.

Lucky for you, there are usually a common few insects, weeds and diseases that typically plague Texas lawns. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to recognize them so you can get ahead of the problem and stop it in its tracks before it does too much damage?

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition: “Talent Everywhere”

Ben Collinsworth

As Chris Rhodes looked out on the sea of horticulture students in the community college auditorium in North Carolina, he liked what he saw.

“To sit there at the opening ceremony and see this huge auditorium filled tells me the industry is as healthy as it’s ever been,” says Rhodes, director of marketing and business development at Native Land Design.

He’s talking about the The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), an annual four-day event that brings together the best landscape and horticulture students, top industry companies and dozens of the biggest industry manufacturers and suppliers.

“I competed here in 1999, and it’s just gotten bigger,” Rhodes says. “And for the larger schools, the students attending are just a fraction of their departments. We just saw the tip of the iceberg. The talent pool seems endless.”

What Landscape Companies Look For When Interviewing Horticulture Degree Graduates

Ben Collinsworth

So, you've graduated from college with your brand new horticulture degree and landed a job interview.

Now what?

You know all the stuff about ironing your shirt and showing up a few minutes early. (If not, iron your shirt. Show up early.)

If you're on your way here to interview at Native Land Design, we can't wait to see you!

Here's what we'd like to see.


Three 2018 Commercial Landscaping Trends Property Managers Should Take Note Of

Ben Collinsworth

Being a commercial property manager in a competitive market like Texas isn’t easy.

You have to market yourself and your skills to the owners of the buildings you manage, as well as the client tenants who rent, work or live in the properties you maintain, while making sure both are content and satisfied.

At the same time, if you work in a competitive market you need to stay on top of trends to ensure your property is appealing to current and prospective tenants. But since you’ve got a lot on your plate, how can you ensure you have fresh, new ideas to present to help contribute to the growth of your property?

That’s why Native Land Design is here: to help you by suggesting these top three commercial landscaping trends.

Employee Close-up: Josiah Ball

Ben Collinsworth

When Josiah Ball was a kid, he’d go “noodling” in nearby rivers, sticking his hands in hollow logs and underwater holes to catch catfish with his bare hands.

He might nab a snapping turtle from the river bottom for dinner. His family hunted for meat in the winter and tended big gardens in the summer, canning the bounty.

He grew up in Illinois loving the land, building tree houses and hunting for cool rocks.

Josiah still loves the land, these days nurturing it with water as Native Land Design’s irrigation manager.