When you have artificial turf installed on your property, you are going to want plenty of plants to liven the landscape. Shrubs, trees, flowers, and vines can easily be incorporated into the landscape design.
The great thing about artificial turf landscapes is how rainwater flows right through to the live foliage. Your flowers, trees, and shrubs will have plenty of access to water and will be healthier since insects don’t thrive in or under the lawn. Here are some suggestions for planning a gorgeous, easy to care for landscape in Austin.
Shade Trees With Little Leaf Litter
If you have existing trees, how well do you like them? Do they constantly drop debris during all seasons of the year? Are they more a nuisance than they are beautiful? You may want to plan to plant shade trees which don’t make the artificial turf lawn care a major inconvenience.
When selecting shade trees for your landscape, you’ll do well to choose evergreens which don’t drop the leaves and fruit all over your lawn. Deciduous trees like Live Oaks can litter your lawn every day of the year.
The following is a list of shade trees which thrive in Austin and will go perfectly with your artificial lawn.
- Non-Fruit Bearing Olive Trees
- Banana Trees
- Acacia Trees
- Holly Trees
- Magnolia Trees
- Evergreens like Arborvitae, cypress, spruc
- Texas Hardi Palm Trees: Bismarck, Caranday, Mexican Fan, Mazari, Triangle, Saw Palmetto, Pindo
Trees To Avoid For Artificial Turf Landscapes
The following list of trees will be an incredible annoyance to you whether you have an artificial lawn or a swimming pool. Keep them out of your plans and you’ll be glad you did.
- Elm Trees
Great Shrubs For Artificial Turf Landscapes
Again, any shrub that doesn’t drop debris on your artificial all year is a good choice. There are many beautiful evergreen bushes that stay green all year including those with fruit. Some good choices in shrubs or shrub-like plants are:
- Autumn Sage
- Hinckley’s Columbine
Flowers To Enhance Any Landscape
Flowers are less of a problem when considering what type of debris they will drop on your artificial lawn. But there are those which offer conspicuous contrasting color which looks great with your year-long vibrant green lawn. You’ll want to be sure that you plant groups of flowers that bloom during different times of year for color every season or you can choose those which bloom for the longest time.
- Texas Lantana -blooms April-October
- Blackfoot Daisy -blooms March-November
- Four-nerve Daisy -blooms March-October
- Autumn Sage -flowering shrub like plant blooms March-November
- Mexican Honeysuckle -blooms almost year round in Austin
- Mexican Petunia -each flower lasts only a day but blooms can bloom year round