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The Houston landscape today is very different from the landscape that European settlers found when they first arrived in Texas. At that time, the areas around Buffalo Bayou and its many tributaries was a dark swamp populated by cypress and magnolia trees. In many places, the forest was so impenetrable (and filled with mosquitoes) that even the Karankaway Indians would not venture too far in. Over the years, the Houston landscape gave way to industrialization and residential development. It has never lost its greenery or its waterways, however, and today is still home to a wide variety of oak and pine tree species that line the bayous and scenic roadways that connect the outer rims of the city to downtown.

Houston’s climate is hot and humid in the summer and temperate and humid during the winter. This makes it very amenable to growing a plethora of both exotic and indigenous plants. Because of this, it also makes it possible for the professional landscaper to provide the homeowner with an eclectic range of options when it comes to styles and types of gardens. Because of our mild winters, we seldom see much freeze damage to plants, shrubs, and trees. In fact, Houston landscapes are known throughout the South for having flowers of some sort or the other throughout the year. There are a number of species, such as pansies and cyclamen, which routinely bloom in the winter.

The downside of the Houston landscape is the heavy rainfall which we can receive at virtually any time of year. If the temperature is warm or hot, heavy rainfall will produce outbreaks of mold and fungus within a matter of 24 hours. This is not only bad for human allergies, but for garden plants as well. Steps have to be taken to minimize the impact of mold and fungus on gardens by proactively managing irrigation and at times chemically treating gardens with anti-mold and fungal agents. This type of work should never be done by anyone other than an expert botanist who knows the effects of such treatment on each species of plant within the garden, and who understands the impact that irrigation changes may have on the garden as a whole.

Throughout almost every corner of the Houston landscape, we find heavy clay soils that pose a number of challenges to gardeners and landscapers. Houston soil tends to hold a great deal of water when it rains. Drainage systems have to be built into gardens to prevent standing water from accumulating around sensitive plants that can die if exposed to excessive water. One method of doing this is to aerate the soil so that water percolates in far enough that it can be absorbed by plant roots and filter down below the harder layers of clay near to the surface. At times, it is necessary to take the clay out to some degree and replace it with bedding soil. Larger gardens or more elaborate Houston landscape projects may require concealed drains that route the water to retention ponds and curbs.

Because water cannot always easily filter through the clay soils, they can sometimes be poor in nutrients. Amending the soil may be necessary to enable it to better host a diversity of plant life, or specific exotic plants that require nutrients that do not occur naturally in Houston landscapes. The inconsistent moisture content of the earth here can also cause other problems for landscapers. The expanding and contracting of the earth can actually cause the ground to shift and move. During the summer, the soil dehydrates to the point that cracks often appear in the ground. When sudden rains roll in from the Gulf, the water fills the cracks and causes earth displacement. Structural foundations will be strained as a result, even in the largest of buildings. (This is why foundation repair is such a successful industry here on the Gulf Coast).

To compensate for the instability of theHouston landscape, professional designers have to use creative methods to ensure that the outdoor structures they build will remain in place and intact. Patios and pool decks are often built on piers and beams concealed underground. Pools are made with thicker concrete and thicker rebar. While these preventative measures cannot overcome the forces of Nature, they can provide enough of a sturdy framework to maintain the stability and cosmetics of exterior forms.

Piney Point Village Landscaping

Trees are everywhere in Piney Point Village landscaping. The green canopy creates a playful exchange of light and shadow. The shade they make is welcome respite from the harsh sun. They are home to indigenous wildlife. In many Piney Point Village landscaping tableaus, trees are the green centerpieces. Pecan trees, loblolly pines, red maples, sweetgums, bald cypress, magnolias, willow oaks: these are just a few of the trees you can

Hedwig Village Landscaping

One of the loveliest communities in Houston, Hedwig Village is known for its amiable lifestyle, quality schools, upscale homes and advantageous location. Hedwig Village landscaping is an integral part of this neighborhood’s ambiance. Hedwig Village landscaping offers many possibilities for landscape garden designs. Homeowners often work with highly-qualified landscape architects and landscape designers in this region to create landscape designs that are specifically tailored to their needs and desires

Hunters Creek Village Landscaping

Hunters Creek Village, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the Houston area, is well-known for its wooded lots, spacious homes and comfortable lifestyle. Hunters Creek Village landscaping, backdrop and complement to these attributes, has been aided by a city government that completed construction and infrastructure enhancement projects in 2008, including drainage and pavement improvements. On an individual level, homeowners have undertaken Hunters Creek Village landscaping projects of their own by

Masonry Contractors

Landscaping services by Exterior Worlds will save a homeowner enormous time and money by listening intently to the homeowner’s wishes and translating that wish list into a hardscape design that fits the scale and scope of the landscape master plan. We will then hire the appropriate masonry contractors, source the very best materials, and combine them with over two decades of expertise in landscape design and outdoor architecture construction.

Masonry Fireplace

A masonry fireplace is an outdoor fireplace constructed from brick, natural stones, or blocks of some type that are meant to emulate a stone edifice. Masonry fireplaces are becoming more popular in Houston, because so many of our older homes were not built with indoor fireplaces. Residents are now beginning to see the value of adding an outdoor fireplace to their property to lend amenity and comfort to luxury Houston

Masonry Design

Masonry design involves the planning and construction of structures that are built with any number of masonry elements. These structures have a tendency to take on a life of their own. They create interest, and they vertical impact the Houston landscape. The innovative aesthetics they create help shape a yard. Often they determine the boundaries of unique gathering places like courtyards and morning gardens. Masonry design generates perspectives that make

Landscape Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are landscape architectural walls that level slope and retain grade. This lends a vertical dimension to the property and is very essential to any concealed grade, drainage, or irrigation system present. Landscape retaining walls also contribute aesthetic to the Houston landscape by pointing to key structures and areas of special interest. If you have a slope of any kind in your yard, you will probably need a landscape

Masonry Specialist

If you need the work of a masonry specialist, let Exterior Worlds handle the design planning of the work and find the right subcontractor to do the actual construction. Masonry contractors normally work under the invoice of a general contractor in charge of a larger project. While they are always willing to work with an individual homeowner, their expertise is exclusively focused on their particular discipline. If you want this

Decorative Masonry

Decorative masonry is a highly special type of hardscape that creates beauty in the yard and adds dimension to a property. While its primary purpose is admittedly aesthetic, it is fully capable if building functionality into is décor in a manner that makes the forms it creates useful components of outdoor living. The cost of these forms is highly variable, being relative to the size and nature of the

Masonry Companies

While masonry companies, as companies go, are a relatively new phenomenon, masons, masonry guilds, and masonry associations have been part of every civilization dating back thousands of years. It was masonry that built the monuments of Egypt, including the pyramids, and many of the great monuments of Ancient Greece and Rome. It was also guilds of Masons who built the great Christian cathedrals of Europe after Rome was converted, and