Native Land Design Blog

The Top 6 Tree Traits to Avoid in Parking Lots and Paved Areas in Texas

Ben Collinsworth

Every Texas commercial property has one thing in common: parking lots.

Parking lots and paved areas are essential to office parks and HOAs and industrial facilities and all kinds of other commercial properties. Some sites even require a specific number of parking spots to accommodate the amount of people that come and go there.

Unfortunately, parking lots tend to be a bit unattractive as they are.

Landscaping with trees in and around parking lots and strips can greatly approve the appearance of these areas. Trees also provide other perks, such as preventing soil erosion and storm water draining problems, keeping wind and noise at bay, reducing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and enhancing the comfort of property visitors by providing cooling shade.

While parking lots and paved areas need trees, they can also provide some challenging growing conditions for certain species.

But, you’re in luck, more trees can thrive in these areas than you think. In fact, the list is pretty vast of trees that can be nice additions to parking lots and paved areas, so we’d like to highlight the top tree characteristics you should avoid when selecting tree species for parking lots and paved areas to help you narrow your search.

When Do Crape Myrtles Bloom in Texas?

Ben Collinsworth

Many call the crape myrtle one of the most versatile plants in the Texas landscape.

Why? It flowers all summer, comes in a variety of sizes and colors, has beautiful bark, is drought tolerant once well established, is disease resistant, grows well in alkaline or acidic soil as long as it’s well-drained, and is relatively fast growing with a long life span. The leaves even offer great fall color. What’s not to like?

Of course, the biggest value the crape myrtle brings is its blooms. The showy flowers come in dense clusters of crinkled, crepe paper-like flowers in shades of red, white, pink or lavender. The plant can vary in size from dwarf to large shrubs to trees and lives happiest in hot summer climates.

In spring, you might be impatient for your crape myrtles to bloom and showcase their prize blossoms. Let’s learn more about these favorites on your Texas commercial properties.

Tree Pruning and Removal: A Proactive Approach to Tree Care in Texas

Ben Collinsworth

Trees are majestic additions to any Texas commercial landscape. They bring value to the property as well as value to those who visit and can enjoy the shade and views trees provides.

But a tree, while very resilient, isn’t a plant-it-and-forget-it type of landscape addition—no matter how sturdy and strong it appears. Once problems occur, often it can be too late to fix them and you risk losing your valuable landscape asset and possibly damaging something else on your property in the process.

The solution, says Tyler Sandison, certified arborist with Native Land Design, is a proactive and precautionary approach to tree care. In fact, trees, in a lot of ways, are like humans and automobiles: as people and cars flourish with regular doctor’s checkups and oil changes, respectively, trees thrive on preventive maintenance.

Tips for Preventing Rodent and Deer Damage to Trees and Plants in Texas

Ben Collinsworth

Pests are never pleasant to deal with.

This is especially true when these pests aren’t the itty, bitty nagging kind but the bigger, more destructive kind, like armadillos, feral hogs, deer and rabbits. These critters can wreak havoc on the landscape of a Texas commercial property, eating plants, digging up turf and mostly doing things that definitely aren’t geared toward prettying up your outdoor environment. In fact, the damage they cause can become so extensive it actually kills plant material. And a dead plant is never an aesthetically pleasing one.

By better understanding the behavior of these pests you can keep them away from your valuable landscape plants.



Do You Water Trees in the Winter in Texas? Heck Yes!

Ben Collinsworth

Sure, in the fall and winter when temperatures decline and as leaves drop from deciduous trees, the rate that water is used by the trees decreases.


But just because a tree is dormant doesn’t mean it’s dead.


Winters can become awfully dry and cold, and while you can reduce the frequency of watering, you may still need to water your Texas commercial property trees, especially depending on their age, location, soil they are planted in and weather conditions.


And you don’t want to ignore tending to your trees’ watering needs in the winter because, while plants like perennials and annuals can be less expensive to replace, trees are a different story.

Importance of a Tree Risk Assessment Prior to Winter

Ben Collinsworth

Trees add so much value to your Texas commercial property.

They clean the air by absorbing pollutants. They provide oxygen, conserve energy and save water. Their roots help prevent soil erosion. Trees even cool the streets and our cities by up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit—a welcome benefit on those hot summer days.  

But for as much as our trees seem to provide these benefits without a second thought, the trick to maximizing them is by adequately caring for your property’s leafy giants. Properly maintained trees can live for many years, and even when they develop problems, trees that are adequately cared for can recover faster than their non-maintained counterparts.

Sometimes, severe tree challenges like rot, decay or insect and disease infestations that go untreated can escalate to uncontrollable levels. That’s when your trees can become hazardous to employees and visitors on your Texas commercial property.

But you don’t need to go outside and stare up at your tree’s branches wondering when one might fall or how you can prevent it. Luckily, a simple tree risk assessment can ease your worries and eliminate headaches.

How to Get Rid of Spider Mites on Cypress and Cedar Trees

Ben Collinsworth

We’ve all heard horror stories about how pests and diseases have wreaked havoc on trees, completely devastating properties.

Luckily, most instances aren’t that extreme and can be fixed if you know the warning signs and take quick action. So, it’s important you have someone maintaining your landscape who knows when trees are in distress and what’s causing the issues — whether it’s the result of insects or the Texas drought season.

8 Texas Trees That Are Adaptable To Both Wet And Dry Areas

Ben Collinsworth

Our weather has been crazy in Texas with weeks of rain and flooding, and now we are back to unbearably hot. These extreme conditions can wreak havoc on your commercial landscape if you don’t have the right plants to withstand it.

To keep your property lively no matter the weather, try these eight Texas trees for wet areas that can handle dry just as well.

6 of the Best Urban Street Trees for Texas

Ben Collinsworth

Adding shade, attracting wildlife and making a property look more established are just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy with trees.

You can also create a welcoming environment when you use the trees along urban streets and in parking lots. But, you need to make sure you pick the right trees for the space — or you could be left with broken pavement, liability issues and dead trees.

It’s important to keep in mind the tree’s growth habit, maintenance and local permits when choosing varieties for your commercial landscape. Luckily, there are some trees that are the perfect fit for streets.

Check out these six ornamental trees that are ideal for urban streets in Texas.