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Welcome to Rohde's Organic Landscape Design & Installation

Rohde's office is located at 3637 Marquis Dr. in Garland Texas.
Our services are available in a roughly 10 mile radius around our location.
Please call or email to ensure we can service your area: 972-864-1934 /grohde@greensense.net

Landscape Design.


Design work by our licensed Landscape Architects.

Creating planting beds.

For vegetables, shrubs, and flowers, or anything else with roots.

Planting trees, shrubs, flowers - seasonal or perennial, groundcover, ornamental grasses.

We specialize in Texas native plants, drought tolerant plants including agave, yuccas, annuals, perennials, wildflowers, shade tolerant plants, fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, and other plants adapted to our area. Plants are subject to availability from our growers.


Mexican Buckeye

Rusty Blackhaw Vibrunum


Sodding lawns.

Sodding is the quickest way to control weeds. May is the best time to plant grass sod (or seed). It has the optimum temperature of around 75 degrees or more, and it is the rainiest month to help with germination and establishing roots. Early fall would be second best time with the fall rains and warm weather. But you can plant sod anytime of the year when the soil can be worked as you can with any perennial, even winter.

Sod Cutter

Bermuda doesn’t often come as sod, but you can still find it. Sod is usually St Augustine or Zoysia. Google "TAMU turf grass" for Texas A&M Agrilife’s website. They show the different varieties including their new TamStar St Augustine grass.

Before laying the sod, an option is to incorporated a half inch or two of compost into the top 6-8 inches of your soil. Compost is the best thing you can do to make your lawn drought tolerant while permanently improving other problems with your soil such as pest, disease, and drainage problems. Otherwise you should “top dress” with compost your lawn and beds on a regular base.

Get sod from a full-time grass nursery as we do. The sod will be fresher, excellent in quality with little or no weed problems. Look at the bottom of the sod to see if there are the nuts of nutsedge in it. You may be able to see tap roots of other weeds too. Check for ground peals also. Look for white or tan BB size translucent balls around the roots in the sod. These are actually scale insects that suck on grass roots. They have a waxy coating that protects them from pesticides. Once you have them, you may always have them until the grass is gone. Looking for them in the sod may be hard to do thoroughly, so that's another good reason to buy sod from a good lawn grass nursery.

Sod Roller
Northern Tools

You will need to prepare the lawn as you would put in a new flower or vegetable bed. Remove the current grass or weeds and roots with a sod cutter about 2”. Till in compost if you are using it. Rake the soil level and smooth. You want good sod to soil contact or you may have dead spots. Water the soil till it is moist. Now go get your sod or call to have it delivered. Lay the pieces in a brick fashion with staggered joints. Lay the sod tight together. It helps to roll the new lawn with a water filled drum designed for this purpose to ensure good soil contact. Don’t let the sod dry out during any of this work. Use good quality bagged topsoil to fill any gaps that do develop. Water the new grass lightly a quarter of a inch or so if it doesn’t rain to keep it moist. Do so daily for a week or more until it roots into the soil. Mow when it gets to the recommended height for the grass you’re sodding. You can do this a little at a time over several days. Only get the amount of sod you can lay at one time. Don’t try to store it for more than a day or two or it will suffer. As you can see, it’s a lot of work. Using Rohde’s crews, we can do it much more efficiently. Call Greg 972-864-1934 or email www.grohde@greensense.net for a quote.

Mulching beds.

One should not use bark mulch as it floats, colored wood mulches as the coloring isn’t always benign, or rubber mulches as it may leach chemicals. Shredded wood mulch is always preferred in an organic landscape. We carry hardwood mulch that comes in a smaller shred good for mulching around smaller plants, and cedar mulch in a larger shred for a little longer lasting mulch. We also carry pine straw bales for shady areas. Pine straw has been known to repeal slugs and snail from hostas and other shady plants.

Pruning trees, shrubs, and cleaning up perennials.


Major pruning for aesthetic reasons should be done in winter after the plants go dormant to cause less stress. Oak trees susceptible to the fatal oak wilt fungus disease should be pruned in the hottest part of summer or the coldest part of winter to avoid the Sap Beetle that transmits the disease. Storm damage should be taken care of as soon as possible. Dangerous or damage causing branches should also be done when needed. Most perennials need the dead tops cut back in late winter, early spring, so the new growth is unhindered. The plants look better too.

Organic Fertilizing.

We do yearly maintenance programs for lawns and beds, including deep tree root injection for drought protection & recovery or heavy root-drowning rain recovery.

For lawns and beds we use our excellent slow release organic “GreenSense All Purpose Lawn and Garden” fertilizer. It is in pellets designed for use in broadcasting type “cyclone” spreaders or in drop-spreaders. It can also be “chicken fed” by hand. It comes in a NPK ratio of 5-2-4 based on plant protein nitrogen, or a 6-2-4 animal meal nitrogen source for variety. Use for any plant, in pots or not, that needs fertilizer. 40 pound bags cover at most 2,000 sq ft, and is normally done 2 to 4 times a year for non-native lawns or monthly for annual flowers and vegetables.

Our deep root injection is a proprietary mix of liquid nutrients, wetting agents, and microbes that feeds, waters, and helps aerate the soil around tree roots.

Weed control.

We can apply organic herbicides in spot treatments or over the entire lawn. Organic herbicides are usually non-selective in that they will harm any plant they are sprayed on. Best used when the warm season grasses are dormant during winter and up to April if it is still cool, or as spot treatments. Corn Gluten Meal is used as an organic pre-emergent around the middle of February or first of September in our area. These are the time when weather conditions usually cause warm season and cool season annual weeds to germinate.

Last resort for weed control. (I think the chimmey made it ok.)

Outside insect control: We are licensed for exterior pest control only.

·         Preventative dormant oil spraying on trees and shrubs in early spring.

·         Mosquito control treatments. Products to kill and repeal mosquitos safely.

·         Nematode applications for fleas, grubs, ants, and many other soil insects.

·         Tree spraying including nut and fruit trees for aphids, scale, tent caterpillars, webworms, fungal problems, and other problems.

·         Lawn problems such as fungus, grub, chinch bug, and chigger control.

Aeration and compost top dressing of lawns. The two best things you can do for our compacted black clay soil.

o   Aeration is the mechanical punching of 2 to 3 inch holes or cores into the soil. Oxygen is a form of fertilizer for roots suffering in compacted soils, when air is allowed into the soil.

o   Compost derived humus is the only soil amendment that can change the physical and chemical structure of the soil for the better, long term.

·         It lowers pH of our high alkaline clay soil to a more plant friendly neutral pH. It raises the pH of sandy acid soils to a more neutral value.

·         It loosens compacted soils for better drainage and better aeration.

·         It retains excess water in dry clay or sandy soils to cut down on irrigation use.

·         It helps release chemically locked up minerals in our calcium based black clay soils and retains them in a form plants can use, cutting down on additional fertilizing.

·         It feeds and supplies the carbon element to grow more soil microbes. Life is carbon based on our planet and the soil life is the essence of organic gardening, the reason why organics works.


Compost Spreader

Drainage correction and clearing of clogged drain lines.

Part of designing landscapes is anticipating and correcting drainage issues first. We have been dealing with these problems for over 20 years. We may not be able to solve all drainage problems so here are some examples to help you decide when to call us:





Winter preparations.

Includes cleaning rain gutters, insulating outside water faucets, draining irrigation systems, spreading lava sand on icy walk ways, cleanup of your lawns for the holidays, etc.

 Snowy day at Rohde’s

Storm damage.

Repair or replacement of trees, fences, or other hardscape items damaged during storms. Get a quote from us to see if we can save you money on repairs.

Air Spading Services for Trees.

Brochure photo

This is to uncover the root flare of trees planted too deep in the ground. We use a powerful air compressor attached to a dedicated high volume pneumatic earth excavating “Air Spade” by GuardAir Corp., to blow the dirt away from the roots without harming the roots themselves. Doesn’t harm buried objects like utility lines, phone lines, TV cables, or lost military ordnance either per the company’s website. Trees and shrubs planted too deep have been found to be a major detriment to the health and longevity of the plant.

Howard Garrett’s Sick Tree Treatments and pre-evaluation.

A sick tree usually means the tree is stressed. A pre-evaluation looks to see if the tree is stressed due to being the wrong tree for the area, or to having the wrong environmental conditions like soil type, watering needs, drainage problems, deeply planted roots, or using chemical herbicides and pesticides. The treatment can involve giving the sick tree what it may be missing in its diet or in its growing condition to remove the stress and pull it back to health. This means adding organic minerals and nutrients that may be missing in the soil and as a foliar spray. It can also mean uncovering deeply planted roots, or deep root injection of organic nutrients and air to uncompact the soil, or drilling holes around the drip line to fill with organic amendments to improve drainage. Finally top dressing the area with some or all of the following; compost (mandatory if nothing else is used), fertilizer if not done, humate, lava sand, greensand or rock dust mineral supplement, soil microbes, corn meal, dry molasses, and zeolite as cost permits.

See Howard Garrett’s “Sick Tree”, “Root Flare”, and “Stress Tree” articles on
www.DirtDoctor.com for details, pictures, and videos.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas area and would like more information or to set up a consultation, contact us at 972-864-1934.


A long time client of over 18 years, exclusively landscaped and maintained by Rohde's Services.


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