Posted by: Highland landscaping | November 14, 2019

September 2019


September 2019                                      EDITION 126

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On this, the final stretch leading to Oktoberfest Southlake, last minute touches polish the event that will bring tens of thousands of visitors to our city.    Planned and hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, and our wonderful sponsors, Oktoberfest Southlake has grown substantially since its debut in 2002.  More than 100,000 people now come to experience the exciting event that is uniquely Oktoberfest Southlake.

On Friday, October 4, 2019,   the Opening Ceremony, announced by Alpine long horns, will begin at 4 pm. Note that Oktoberfest will begin one hour earlier this year.  Hours for Friday are 4 pm to 11 pm.  Saturday hours are 10 am to  11 pm;  and Sunday   hours will be 12 noon until 8 pm.  The later closing allows game watchers to settle in and enjoy one more brat.

In addition to popular offerings from years past, many new and exciting attractions are added each year.  There will be new rides in the Family Fun Zone;  AND, the Lego Truck will be there.   The Petting Zoo returns for animal lovers of all ages.  Live entertainment is continuous from three stages, presenting local, regional and national groups that have earned a following in North Texas.  The headliner for Saturday night is “The Molly Ringwalds”.

More than 100 juried exhibitors, in addition to local businesses and organizations will be present to share their offerings.  New booths this year include the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, and Texas Motor Speedway.  Selected additions include new arts and crafts,  and expanded food offerings.

A popular event at Oktoberfest is the Wiener Dog Race and Costume Contest.  The timing is a bit different this year.  Participants may register online (fee is $20), or at 9 am Saturday .  If one chooses to register online, there is still a 9 am check-in.  The costume parade begins at 10 am with judging for the Costume Contest.  Immediately following will be the Wiener Dog Races.  There are usually more than 90 wiener dogs that entertain and delight the crowd.    As one strolls Town Square,  other pets attending in costume  add to the fun.

German food and drink is plentiful.  Each year new vendors are added.  There is a wide range of food available, in addition to our local businesses.  One will find beer exclusive to Oktoberfest Southlake;  and,  commemorative steins available for purchase that are custom made for Oktoberfest Southlake in Germany.  A popular German “bar” game that was introduced in 2016, Hammerschlagen, makes its return for the fourth year.  The Beer Hoisting Competition is expanded this year.  Events will take place Friday and Saturday evening.

Oktoberfest Southlake is one of the region’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations.   It has received recognition throughout the state of Texas, and internationally by our sponsors in Germany.

Oktoberfest USA index has ranked Oktoberfest Southlake as the best Oktoberfest in Texas, and #4 in the United States.

Additional information may be found at:

To meet Decker, the Oktoberfest friend and mascot, scroll down the home page of the above website to learn about his visit to the homeland.

Admission (including all live entertainment) and parking are free of charge.  So dust off the lederhosen and dirndl, or just come and enjoy.  In addition to the many and varied offerings at Oktoberfest, our own local businesses will be open as well.  Some offer specials for the weekend.

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce plans and works through the year on this event.  It brings many visitors to our city to enjoy the event, and become familiar with the local businesses that our residents enjoy on a regular basis.  The vast array of businesses and eateries often draw visitors to return.  The event is also an opportunity for businesses to network.   It fuels the Chamber to grow and strengthen businesses in our community, across North Texas, the State and at the national level.


“Take responsibility of your own happiness.  Never put it in other people’s hands.”

                           – Roy T. Bennett


Plant trivia

What parts of a hibiscus plant are used for hibiscus tea?

(look for the answer at the end of our blog)


Featured project



Highland Landscaping finished up a beautiful  residential backyard.  The beautiful Austin stepping stone walkway  leads to this  low maintenance, tropical backyard filled with pea gravel, brazos river rock ,and native plants.  The left side of the yard (last picture)  was merely dirt, due to the grass not getting enough sun. We put down Zoysia sod, which is a great replacement for shaded areas. We also placed a few yaupons for future privacy and variegated privets to block the pool equipment.


 Seasonal color this month…

Angel’s Trumpet, Blue Daze, Candletree, Lantana, Mona Lavender, Moss Rose, Muhly Grass, Spider Lily, Texas Betony, Tropical  Hibiscus, Zinnias

September Landscape Tasks:

  • Plan landscape projects
  • Plant fall garden
  • Plan and schedule winter color change
  • Hand-water plants and trees as needed
  • Mulch landscape beds to 3”
  • Feed lawn and schedule over-seeding
  • Plant trees, shrubs and groundcovers
  • Plant and fertilize fall perennials

Trivia Answer

Flowers, leaves and calyces (cup-shaped centers of flowers where the seeds are held).

Featured plant—Nandina

Picture5Nandina (Nandina domestica) commonly known as Nandina, Heavenly bamboo or Sacred bamboo, is an evergreen woody shrub known for its foliage.  Native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan,  Nandinas are a “staple” in Japanese gardens.  It had been grown and cultivated in China and Japan for centuries before being introduced  to England in 1804.  The English grew Nandina in greenhouses for awhile, not aware of its hardiness.  Today, we know Nandina are cold hardy to –10⁰ F and heat tolerant to 110⁰ F, allowing for healthy growth in USDA zones 6-10.

Nandina are grown for foliage color and texture, beautiful flowers, colorful berries, compact size, versatility and hardiness.   Leaves grow on unbranched stems that emerge from the soil.  Foliage color and texture vary by cultivar.  Most cultivars exhibit various brilliant shades of red, gold, bronze and green  throughout the growing season.  Clumps of tiny cream flowers with golden anthers (pollen containing sacs) sprout in earlyPicture6 summer.  In the fall, bright red berries ripen and persist through the winter or until eaten by birds and other wildlife.   Generally compact in size (2-3.5’ tall), the rounded shape of the Nandina makes it a stunning addition to many landscape and hardscape settings (containers and beds surrounded by hardscape elements).  It can be used in borders, mass plantings, creating visual layers, as an accent plant, etc.  Hardy to our North Texas weather, Nandina is drought tolerant once established (usually three years), rated as WaterWise and FireWise, and thrives in full to part sun.

Though numerous cultivars exist, we discuss two that offer stunning fall and winter color for our North Texas landscape.   “Obsession” Nandina (left) displays new spring growth of blue/green leaves with red edging on the leaves.  The foliage is somewhat variegated, which adds to its desirability in cut flower and foliage arrangements.   Red coloring becomes more brilliant throughout the year.  White flowers in May and June are followed by brilliant red berries fall to spring.

Picture7Thought to have been cultivated in New Zealand, “FirePower” Nandina (right) was introduced into the United States sometime prior to 1985.  At 30” tall and wide, It is grown for its foliage.  Though it rarely produces flowers or fruit, its ornamental value in the landscape is unique.  Yellowish green leaves in summer turn to brilliant orange and red in fall and winter. It is small enough to use as a shrubby


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