Set Roots is proud to announce that we are glyphosate free!

"Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.

The new findings intensify a debate about so-called “inerts” — the solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to pesticides. Nearly 4,000 inert ingredients are approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is the most widely used herbicide in the United States.  About 100 million pounds are applied to U.S. farms and lawns every year, according to the EPA." - Crystal Gammon, Environmental Health News.

Until recently, there weren't many alternatives to Round Up.  Mirimichi Green is an organic product that acts as a non selective herbicide similar to Round Up.  The great thing about this product is that it does not travel in the soil and leach into other plants and grass, killing plants around where the product was originally applied.  This is what will replace Round Up (glyphosate) moving forward for all of our weekly maintenance accounts.

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Artificial Turf

Set Roots LLC is proud to announce our partnership with RealTurf brand artificial turf products.  RealTurf is the highest quality artificial turf that comes in a variety of piles, and textures.  Houston is the perfect market for artificial turf because we get to use our lawns year-round!   The initial cost compared to sod is higher but over the long term, artificial turf has a higher ROI.  Imagine, no weeds, no ants, no brown patch, no fertilizing, and most importantly no mowing!  Contact Set Roots today to schedule your free consultation.  We’ll bring samples out for you to touch and feel, so you can decide on the perfect product to meet your needs.  For more information about RealTurf, including their product line, visit




Getting the most value from your landscape contractor

    One thing I've learned in this industry over the years is landscaping is extremely subjective.  ClIents often tell me "I'm taking bids from a few vendors."  This is where landscape design and construction are very different from an electrician coming to install some light fixtures or a plumber coming to re-pipe your home.  With those trades the factors are quantifiable and easily compared.  For example, an electrician will be using the same materials and most likely very comparable products.  An experienced plumber will know how may feet of pvc he'll need, and how long it will take him to do the job.  With landscaping, because there are so many other variables like overall design, plant size, plant cost, plant spacing, and most importantly the quality of the prep work, bids can vary greatly.  For a larger scale project this is my advice - Get an architect.  

    A licensed architect can take the guesswork out and see to it that your contractor follows the scope.  Contractor "A" may have given you a lower price, but did he include the excavation of existing soil and the addition of 4" of composted mixed soil in his bid like contractor "B" did as the plan specified?  Probably not.  Accountability and comparability are factors of why spending the extra money for a working plan will pay off in the long run.  A healthy landscape involves much more than buying plants at a nursery in slapping them in the ground.  The preparation work is what separates most professional landscape contractors from the guys and gals that are just winging it.  Do your research and ask lots of questions to make sure your contractor has done his or her homework.  Trust me.  It'll pay off.

     If it's a smaller project, spend your time vetting your potential landscape contractor in order to qualify them.  Angies list,, BBB, and Facebook are good places to start.  Once that's done, give them a realistic budget as a framework to work within.  Trust that they will give you the most value for your hard earned money.  Remember - good work usually isn't cheap and cheap work usually isn't very good.  Best of luck and don't forget, you can contact us for help. :)



Set Roots LLC is now registered as a professional installer of the Rachio web-based smart controller.  This device pulls info from a local weather station and uses their algorithms based on certain variables that the installer programs.  it works with Alexa and the homeowner can operate the system from their smart phone with shared access to the landscape professional.  Contact us and we can install and set one up for you to start saving water and money.