Gardens for Texas made a commitment to be environmentally friendly long before it was in vogue to do so. We were “Green” likely before the term was coined. We want to work with nature to bring about balance. As landscape design and installation experts, we create rich, healthy soil by using organic landscaping matter incorporated into all of our newly created landscapes. We reduce evaporation and weed germination by blanketing all of our beds with a layer of mulch. More and more nurserymen and plant growers are offering native Texas plants. These are native plants that have been improved upon for their more prolific blooms and performance. We incorporate as much native or adapted to Texas plant materials as we can in every landscape. Many of the things formerly known as weeds are now being sold as ground covers. Two shady ground covers, Horse herb and Gil Ivy, were once targeted for eradication. Now, one can buy them in flats! Mother Nature knows what she's doing. Why not follow her lead? We work within nature's system by using fertilizers that are organic with no fillers, loaded with trace minerals and low in nitrogen. They are safe to humans, pets, wildlife, insects and the earth in general. By far, the best way to feed your plants is to keep your soil healthy with plenty of compost. This is why Gardens for Texas does not rake and dispose of leaves or grass clippings, but finely mulches them and leaves them in place. These break down and return to the soil needed humus. In our hot and humid climate this takes place quickly. Organic gardening is more about prevention than eradication. Even when natural pesticides are used, it's as a last resort. We do not use man made chemicals of any kind. Organics is about the soil, about the primacy of organic matter, about plants, and most importantly, about natural systems that have existed long before man. It's about balance. Why aren't organic methods more universally understood and used? For one thing, science and nature have been out of sync for some time. The sciences of botany and zoology teach only about the growing half of life, nothing about the other half death and decay. In the past we have failed to understand nature's powerful and resilient systems that respect birth, death, decay and birth again—in other words, recycling. Nature's systems are complicated and intricate. However, it's easy to understand how to put conditions in place that allow nature's systems to work effectively on their own. Soil health programs feed plants indirectly through a natural and balanced process, similar to the way people are nourished on healthy, balanced diets. Soil is the key to health. For nature to function properly there must be a mix of plant materials and animals. All landscapes must have a mixture of soil organisms, insects, plants, small animals, and large animal elements. This mix allows nature's checks and balances to properly function. Microbes, insects, snakes, lizards, toads, birds, mammals, perennials, annuals, grasses, shrubs and trees are all important to the whole of nature. Gardens for Texas is devoted to helping nature, never harming nature in the goal of creating your dream landscape. That's our promise.