Who is Lisa?
I would like to tell you a little about myself and why my opinion matters. My name is Lisa LaPaso and I am first and foremost a wife and mother. I am a gardener who has a serious plant and rock problem, and if you get me started on the topics of plants, food or water conservation, you may not hear the end of it. I became a Master Gardener years ago, but the best training I ever had was in the garden. I am a certified Oak Wilt specialist and water conservationist (or water warrior as I like to call myself) as well as a certified landscape designer and the owner of Lisa’s Landscape & Design with a local business in Austin, TX.
I began my business as a professional gardener, installer and consultant, but as the business grew, my instinct for design and color became a passion that led me to the creation of gardens that are sustainable, user and Earth friendly. I am truly passionate about changing the way people think about lawns, water conservation, and organic gardening. I love creating a unique space for the client that is intimate and personal.
I have been a gardener for most of my 47 years and I come from many generations of gardeners who used it for therapy, sustenance, medicine, flowers, shade, aesthetics and for all intents and purposes, free therapy.
For the last 30 years I have been in Austin Texas educating myself on what does well here with the least amount of effort. Unlike many gardeners and landscapers, I am not big on over-amending. I think compost can save the world. I am 100% Organic and I only bring out the big guns when all else has failed and I am unwilling to simply pull out the plant. I use only native and adapted environmentally safe plants. I believe you only use plants indigenous to the area and that any plant that requires more than one watering a week after being established, needs to go.
I did Xeriscape before Xeriscape was cool. I do not think of it in the traditional terms, I instead look at it much like the Rain Forest. By this I mean you have plants working together in a symbiotic relationship. When you reduce your lawn and replace it with a layering effect of canopy to ground cover plants that are drought tolerant and require the same soil conditions, you have a Xeriscape garden by definition. This can look lush and elegant instead of sparse and spikey. Here is my yard as an example: Lisa’s Garden.
Water Conservation is key. We will save ourselves and our future by learning to have respect for our natural resources . There are many simple steps and small changes to our lifestyle that can literally make a world of difference. My mission while I am on this planet is to be “Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”. I hope that my blog helps you be more forward thinking in your every day activities, that you are mindful of everything you put on our Earth, as well as the plants you choose and the many benefits of creating an extension of your living space in your own back yard.
Watch this video to learn more about me and my services “Interview with Austin Architects” and find me and “like” my page on facebook at Lisa’s Landscape and Design. For additional gardening tips and plant suggestions, please find my You Tube video’s by clicking here. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.