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Check Out this Austin Backyard Makeover

By The Top Choice Team / November 14, 2023

With a growing family of six, Bob Smith (a very fake client with a very real house) moved into a new home earlier this year. Things have been working out great, but the backyard left a little something to be desired. With little to no shade, grass, or landscaping, it was a dust bowl in…

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Top 10 Drought-Tolerant Plants for Gardening in Austin

By Allison / October 2, 2023

Gardening in Austin can be a challenge for even the greenest of thumbs. In 2023 alone, our plants experienced a terrible winter ice storm followed by a record-breaking summer with unrelenting heat and drought. A lot of lawns and beds are not looking so good right now. Even plants supposedly rated for “hardiness zone” didn’t…

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Austin Fall Landscaping Checklist

By The Top Choice Team / September 21, 2023

We made it. After a record-setting summer of triple-digit heat, temperatures have dropped, rain has come, and there are cooler days ahead in the forecast. What does that mean for your lawn and landscape? We’ve put together some thoughts and a free downloadable Fall Landscaping Checklist specifically for our Austin climate. Let’s get to work!…

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How to retain water in your landscape

By The Top Choice Team / August 1, 2023

Despite consistent watering, your grass and plants are likely showing the strain of a long, hot Austin summer. What can you do? Luckily we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeves to retain water — saving whatever moisture we can so your ground and plants don’t dry up. Water retention for your beds: mulch We’ve…

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Inspecting systems for backflow prevention in Austin

Backflow Preventer Inspection in Austin

By The Top Choice Team / July 27, 2023

Are you ready to keep your residential irrigation system in tip-top shape? Well, let us tell you about a crucial aspect of maintaining your system in Austin, TX: backflow preventer inspection. You see, here in our lovely city of Austin, we experience all kinds of weather — from scorching hot summers to occasional heavy rains.…

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Deep Watering: Are You Watering Your Grass Correctly?

By Nolan Gore / July 24, 2023

Especially in July and August, the sun, heat, and dryness are brutal for our lawns. Deep watering encourages healthy root growth for plants and grass by providing water to the deeper soil layers. Here are a few thoughts on how you can practice deep watering and get the most out of your irrigation system. Life…

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How to install artificial turf

By The Top Choice Team / July 17, 2023

Want to learn how to install artificial turf? Proper installation can make or break your experience with turf. Here’s how our landscaping pros install artificial turf in Austin… How to maintain artificial turf Once you’ve installed your turf, it’s easy to maintain! An occasional pass with a leaf blower and garden hose sprayer can help…

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What’s the best type of artificial turf?

By The Top Choice Team / July 10, 2023

Have you heard the news? We now install artificial turf in Austin! Turf is a polarizing topic. Some people have had a great experience with it, but others, not so much. A lot of it comes down to how it’s installed, the quality, and the type used. So what’s the best type of official turf?…

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Oak Wilt FAQ

By Nolan Gore / July 7, 2023

We know you care about your yard, and especially your trees, so we thought we would pass along… It’s tree-trimming season! Across Central Texas, HOAs, municipalities, and well-meaning neighbors will yell at you if you trim oaks in the spring. Why? Because February-June has the highest likelihood of spreading oak wilt. Now that it is…

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Everything you need to know about artificial turf (fake grass!) in Austin

By The Top Choice Team / July 3, 2023

Look, we love real grass, but there are absolutely scenarios where grass doesn’t work. In those cases, we wanted to provide a beautiful and excellent solution for your landscape. We now install artificial turf (fake grass)! But what’s the deal with turf anyway? Is it right for your yard? You’ve got questions – we’ve got answers.…

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