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me 3Lisa’s Landscape & Design is a design and consultation firm centered around education for the home owner. Whether it be a “do it yourself ” project or one you hire out to a contractor, my 20 plus years in the industry with 15 years of landscape construction experience can be very useful to you.

Please feel free to contact me if you are in Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Hutto, Bastrop, Wimberly, Buda, Kyle or the surrounding Greater Austin area. I am available for “Educational Landscape Consultations”  at an hourly rate of $100.00 to $150.00 depending on your location.  We also provide full scale Landscape Designs and installation instructions. Click here for a complete list of detailed services.

I am a certified landscape designer with over 20 years experience in the Central Texas landscape. I specializes in lush, not stabby, Xerophytic gardens that include native and adapted plants for low maintenance, low water gardens. My average designs range in price from $500 – $1500.00 depending on the size of the space. I am a landscape “designer”, not an architect and the distinction is that I offer a concept drawing of your future design, not an engineered blue print. I am also thousands of dollars less expensive. I provide artful, creative landscape solutions with a well thought out plan that can be executed over the course of a season, or several years as your budget allows.  I am 100% organic,  a Master Gardener, a certified in Water Conservationist, Organic Gardening and an Oak Wilt specialist.  I also pride myself in my Native and adapted plant knowledge to find you the most carefree plants for your space.

Lisa LaPaso

512-733-7777
lisalapaso@gmail.com

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20 Comments

  1. Devonna Garcia

    I just discovered tiny ladybugs in my flower bed. They are red and have 3 horizontal black stripes across their back. I have tried looking them up in the internet and cannot find any information on them. I live in Avery Ranch, Morningside. Do you know what they are called?

    • Devonna, my guess is going to be Boxelder, blister beetle or stink bug, look those up and see if any apply, if not, please send me a photo if you can and lets see if I can find someone who may know 😉

  2. Devonna Garcia

    Lisa,
    It appears that they are Brown Marmorated Stink Bug nymphs. We have found around 100 of these nymphs in various sizes near our fruit trees and garden. Looks like they are considered an invasive species. Guess we need to get rid of them. Our kids are sad that they are not baby ladybugs 😦
    Thanks for your help,
    Devonna Garcia

    • Devonna, Stink bugs are a nightmare because there is no real organic remedy for them and they can really wreak havoc on your plants. The best warfare for stinkbugs is Birds nesting in your yard. Every year we have birds nest in our yard and when the baby’s hatch the parents catch everything in the yard, especially stink bugs. You might put in bird houses for that reason and see if that works.

  3. Sarah

    Hi Lisa,
    I so enjoy your videos, knowledge, and take on gardening. We are gearing up to landscape our lawn. I have fallen in love with Russian sage, and am wondering if you know much about this plant. We live in Fort Worth.
    Thanks for your videos!

    • Hi Sarah, I am glad you find them useful :). I adore the Russian sage and they are hardy in your plant zone. The best advice I can give you is to till the area by hand to be sure the plant has good drainage and compost your beds once every spring. I also recommend liquid seaweed once a month throughout the growing season. Russian Sage tends to be a little fickle and does well or not at all, but I encourage you to try it in a sun to part sun spot in your yard!

  4. Judy Foppiano

    Lisa, I have several packets of seeds that I haven’t scattered into my back beds you designed for me because of pesky possums, skunks & squirrels, and lack of water. Can I scatter them now or is it too late? Thank you. Love your blog.

    • Hi Judy! You can plant them now and water every day bu hand for a couple of weeks, then a few times a week until you see some bloom. If they are native/perennial seeds like Bluebonnets, wildflowers or Poppies that need to be planted the Fall before, they should come in from the Spring rains and fair well anyway. Seed like the Moon flower and Zenia can be planted late February and seeds like Moonflower are toxic and typically avoided by critters, though I have noticed something is eating our pods which is interesting because it is a hallucinogenic. Much like in Nature, plants find a way, you may need to be re-seed occasionally, but ultimately you should have success. Glad you are enjoying the blog and hope you continue to find the information useful! All my best 🙂

  5. mickey

    Is it possible to transplant cuttings/trimmings from esperanza’s?

    • Mickey, Esperanza are so woody they are a little tough to propagate, though you might try with a green stem and some root starter. You would probably have better luck with the bounty of seeds they produce, but give it a try and see how it goes.

  6. Hi Lisa – Just found your videos on youtube. Love, love, love your backyard. We moved into our house 7 years ago and the backyard was nice, green and grassy, but my dogs have slowly destroyed it. I want an easier to maintain backyard, but do love growing flowers and am pretty knowledgeable with gardening, but really need help with a design. I live in Colorado. I like the xeriscape idea, but also want to get away from pokey, prickly plants 🙂 Can you point me to a particular book that has really great design ideas, or do you guys do long distance designs?(love your ideas of an edible, bird friendly set of plants)
    Thanks,
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, I have a stack of design books I use for inspiration but you might have just as much success looking on the internet for inspiration. I would also find a plant profile native to your area and memorize it or keep a handy reference as you design and install.

      I love Colorado and would love to live there myself but I am not as familiar with the plant profile as I could be to direct you plant wise so I wouldn’t be much help on a design. You might get a notebook and print out designs that speak to you creating a collaboration of plant sizes and bed space, tall in back, short in front and plenty of room for paths and seating. Study materials native to your area (the rocks there are awesome!) and costs, then I’ll bet you could create something pretty special.

  7. Erika

    On hgtv flipping the block they decided that sod was not an option because of too much sun! Wrong wrong wrong. Right?

    • Erika a lot of those shows are done up north and the area I am concentrating on is south, specifically Zones 8a & 8b. I was originally from up north and grass was soft, abundant and required no water at all because of the constant rain and winter months. Here in Texas sod does poorly in general and the sun is too hot to support any sod without continuous watering, and in a state that is in a serious record drought any sod is a bad option. That being said, grass for our area will not gorw in the shade, only sun.

  8. Frances Anne Shelton

    Interested in knowing more about Fireman’s Cap (Coral Bean).
    I live in northern Little Rock, AR and have success attracting a variety of Hummingbirds with Crimson Red Mandeville and a Feeder.
    Recently saw a pic of a Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird attracted to a Coral Bean plant )pic was taken in Austin, TX). Please advise.
    Frannie Shelton

    • Frances, the Coral Bean you are seeking is for zones 8-10 and you look to be in 6-7 so my main concern for you would be the cold temps in the winter months so you could either place it in a protected area away from the north winds or plant it in an overized pot you can bring in during the winter months (providing it still gets light). You can locate this plant online on many different websites. It is going to prefer low acid, well drained soil that is low in excess moisture. Full to mostly sun and an ocassional organic fertilization to encourage bloom cycles.

  9. Heather Howard

    Will Diatomaceous earth kill nematodes? I have recently been invaded by fleas in my yard., a number of years ago I used nematodes and they worked very well but I wasn’t able to find them locally (and didn’t think to look online) so on a suggestion from someone I purchased diatomaceous earth without doing a bunch of research so I didn’t realize that once it rained 2 days after application it was pretty much non-effective. I’d like to get the Nematodes since they last a long time in the yard but if I use diatomaceous earth for slugs will it be harmful to the nematodes?

    • Heather, Diatomaceous Earth will harm the beneficial nematodes but j am not sure of the shelf life of it. I would say if you have used it in the lest year or so it may not work. You also have to have cool moist soil for the nemetodes to live. If you are hot like we are in Texas yiu couldn’t keep the nemat odes alive right now anyway.

  10. Heather Howard

    I live in Oregon so cool moist soil is my life 🙂 but just so that I’m playing on the safe side I will get my nematodes in the spring. Thank you for the response

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