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The Top Choice Austin Landscaping Blog

Can Mulch Really Prevent Winter Weeds in Austin? (Video)

By Nolan Gore / January 24, 2024

Ever wonder why so many Texas landscapes use mulch? And when should you put down mulch in Austin? Well, we are well into the coldest month of the year. (January is coldest, December is 2nd coldest, February is 3rd).  What do you do when it gets cold?  You get a blanket.  What is a landscape…

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Winter Pruning and Cut Back (Video)

By Nolan Gore / January 17, 2024

Winter pruning is often a crucial aspect of a plant’s growth. But what plants should be pruned? And how much? Use this guide to help you decide what’s best for your outdoor plants. When should you prune? Prune when it results in the least amount of damage to the plant. In general, the best time…

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How to Winterize Your Backflow Preventer (Video)

By The Top Choice Team / January 5, 2024

Folks around the country will often shut off and drain their irrigation systems entirely before the winter, but because we rarely get deep freezes, that’s not really necessary in Central Texas. However, we still need to protect any above-ground exposed equipment: pipes, pumps, filters, and backflow preventers! Proper insulation and winterization are especially important this…

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How to Winterize your Irrigation System in Austin

By The Top Choice Team / January 2, 2024

Why do we winterize? We want to take care of our irrigation systems. Often times there are breaks in our systems after a long hard winter. Everyone knows that water expands when it freezes – we need to take this into consideration when we are preparing for the cold months. Make sure your system is…

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Austin Gardeners’ Winter Landscaping Checklist

By The Top Choice Team / December 29, 2023

Howdy, Austin gardeners! Winter has settled in, and it’s time to ensure your yard is prepped for a successful spring bloom. In this winter landscaping checklist, we’re dishing out tips and tricks to keep your garden in top-notch shape. From freeze protection to leak detection and strategic tree care, let’s make sure your yard thrives…

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Let’s Celebrate with Some Christmas Light Installation in Austin!

By The Top Choice Team / December 21, 2023

Well, we’re almost to the end of another big and busy year of Austin landscaping at Top Choice. We started the year with some limb-breaking ice storms and kept right on rolling through a record-breaking summer. Our lawns have really been through the ringer, but our crews have done an amazing job of keeping things…

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Winter Fertilization in Austin: Winter Wisdom for a Spring Spectacle

By The Top Choice Team / December 15, 2023

Hey there, Austin neighbors! Winter’s rolling in, but don’t hit pause on your lawn care just yet. In this blog, we’re diving into the laid-back world of winter lawn fertilization in Austin. It’s the secret sauce to a spring lawn that’s nothing short of spectacular. So, kick back and let’s chat about why your lawn…

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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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