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The Soft Leaf Yucca – another of my personal favorites!

Soft Leaf Yucca

Description:

The Soft Leaf Yucca or Yucca Recurvifolia is an attractive drought tolarant succulant.  Many soft leaf yuccas are a single trunk shrub but I’ve seen a few that have formed miltiple trunks. They bloom from summer to late fall, usually June through October.  Once in bloom the they will sprout a 1/2″ to 1″ stem covered with white bell shaped flowers hanging downward. In warmer climates the soft leaf yucca is evergreen and will continue to flower year after year.  Deer will eat the flowers but not the foliage and they are not know to attract butterflies of hummingbirds.  The combination of their drought tolerance, evergreen foliage and vibrant color make the Soft Leaf Yucca a must have in low maintenance Central Texas landscapes.

Maintenance/Care:  Very little maintenance, occasional removal of dead stocks in the winter removal of dead foilage if planted in shady areas.

Height/Width:  Medium size shrub, grows up to 4′-6′ Tall and 3′-4′ wide.

Water:  Very drought tolerant shrub. Can die from over watering, plant just a little bit higher then the surrounding elevation to help avoid this.  Plant in well drained soil.

Light:  Full sun for maximum blooms. Will bloom in part shade as well but tends to have more dead foilage when planted in areas with more shade.

Matt Anders – Round Rock Landscaping

Ah the Red Yucca, one of my favorite Central Texas Landscaping Plants. 

Texas Red Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora

Description:

Hesperaloe parviflora is native to Central and West Texas.  They grow much like an ornamental grass continuing to spread wider with age.  Red Yuccas emit long dark green spineless leaves from the center of the plant to form an array of evergreen foliage.  They bloom from spring to late fall, usually May through October.  Once in bloom the Red Yucca will sprout multiple 1/2″ to 1″ stems covered with light red bell shaped flowers.  Although the Red Yucca is not a true Yucca, it is a succulent.  Deer will eat the flowers but not the foliage and Humming Birds are attracted to them.  The combination of their drought tolerance, evergreen foliage and vibrant color make the Red Yucca a must have in Central Texas landscapes.

Maintenance/Care:  Require very little maintenance, occasional removal of dead stocks in the winter.

Height/Width:  Medium size shrub, grows up to 2′-5′ Tall and 4′ wide.

Water:  Very drought tolerant shrub. Can die from over watering, plant just a little bit higher then the surrounding elevation to help avoid this.

Light:  Full sun to maximize the number of blooms. Will bloom in part shade as well but tends to have more dead foilage when planted in areas with more shade.

Matt Anders – Round Rock Landscaping

What is Aeration:
Home owners often ask me why they should aerate.  Aeration is a process in which small holes are punched into the top soil about 3 to 4 inches deep.  The idea is that over time the top soil becomes hard and compressed not allowing water or oxygen to absorb through to the grass roots thus needing aeration.  In times of drought, the soil becomes so compacted that when it does rain all the water washes off and will not soak down to the root system.  Heavy foot traffic or abuse from large dogs will also cause the topsoil to compress.   The solution: Aeration.

Yard and Grass Aeration

When to Aerate:
The best time to aerate is in the spring or fall. If your soil has a high content of clay(many areas of central Texas do) it is best to aerate twice a year. I always suggest to my customers to aerate at least once a year to help with water conservation during the intense summer months.

How to Aerate:
Aeration by hand is not very efficient so I would suggest renting an aerator from your local tool rental company.  Most home depots will also rent them out for a 4 hour min. at about $63 after tax. If you live in the Austin area it is even more cost effective to just give me a call at 512-565-9630. One of my workers or even myself can come by and aerate your lawn for usually around $50 depending on the size of the lot.

Gas powered lawn aerator

Matt Anders – Round Rock Landscaping

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