DIY Vs. Hiring an Arborist

Between taking up new hobbies, attempting to bake sourdough, and tackling home improvement tasks, people are taking on more DIY projects than ever.

While the gratification of doing it yourself may be wonderful, it can often come after a number of failed attempts. Even the most skilled jack of all trades has a pile of failed projects stacking up in their shed or utility room. When it comes to landscape services, not everyone wants to pay for things like lawn mowing or gardening, which can be simple tasks if you’re up for some manual labor. Even so, some tasks like tree trimming and tree removal, will give you a lot more trouble if you try to do it without help.

You may be weighing the cost of hiring certified arborist services, but you’ll quickly see how vital an arborist is to your tree and landscape health. Here are some pros and cons of hiring an arborist over a DIY project.

Pros

If you have trees in your yard, you know that they can either be a great source of joy or a huge headache. Trees can be a lot of fun for kids who like to climb, hang hammocks, or build tree houses. Trees are an integral part of the ecosystem, providing vital oxygen, creating a natural barrier for privacy, and lending shade to your home to reduce electric bills during the warmer months.

At the same time, for homeowners, unhealthy trees can also bring a lot of anxiety.

A dead or dying tree can block your view of the street and drop pesky leaves on your lawn. What’s more, a damaged tree is at risk for falling and causing serious damage to your home or family.

While you may be able to estimate roughly the needs of the trees on your property, the untrained eye is not skilled enough to pre-empt disaster. A certified arborist, like the professionals at The Parke Company, are trained to notice the signs of a tree near the end of its life.

One benefit of hiring an arborist is avoiding the danger of leaving a damaged tree untreated and even if you do notice the damage in time, only a trained arborist has the skills and equipment to safely treat or remove a damaged tree without causing any more damage.

While the initial cost of hiring an arborist may seem higher, many forget to calculate the cost of heavy equipment necessary to complete the DIY projects. This is machinery you are unlikely to use for anything else around the house. Ultimately, the money you tried to save by doing the project yourself will be spent on tools and equipment that goes to rust in your garage after your project is finished.

Beyond that, avoiding the cost of a fallen tree from a project gone awry should always be prioritized– for your wallet and for safety.

Cons

The cons of hiring an arborist are similar to the drawbacks of hiring any services you may technically be able to accomplish on your own.

Just like you may be able to watch a YouTube tutorial to repair your car, it is possible, but potentially dangerous to complete tree maintenance on your own. Hiring an arborist may be an inconvenience by taking up space in your yard, but the overall benefits of hiring a professional are well worth the temporary mess.

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Not all landscaping companies are made alike. When it comes to bigger projects like tree removal, landscape installation, and commercial services, there is only one name to trust in the Nashville area: The Parke Company.

Our time-honored methods and history of happy customers speak for themselves– talk with one of our experienced professionals today at (615) 350-6033 or contact us online to see how the Parke Company can bring your design dreams to life!

Trees and Safety – When Is it Time to Say Goodbye?

Trees are every property owner’s biggest dream and worst nightmare. Trees in your landscape can be host to your child’s tree house and some of their best memories, or they can be host to pests and critters that vandalize your yard.

However, some trees can be a tremendous hazard if they fall, causing significant damage to property or people nearby. This is precisely why it is crucial to make tree trimming and other tree services a priority of your landscaping services. Let’s discuss what you should look for so you know when it’s time to say goodbye to a tree on your property.

Signs of Damage

When asking yourself whether tree removal is necessary, it is first necessary to check for signs of damage. If your trees have brittle bark, weak branches, or leaves dropping out of season, these are clear signs that your tree at least needs a little TLC.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine just how far your tree maintenance must go. In some cases, crown thinning or other methods of trimming are all that’s necessary to restore your trees to their former glory. This is not a decision to make lightly, however.

While your branches may look safe to you, an experienced arborist is much better equipped to recognize damage that is too far gone and help you make prudent decisions. Landscaping professionals like those at The Parke Company are prepared to help you rid your yard of risks and keep your trees safe from falling branches.

Critters and Pests

Down trees are not the only threat to your property’s safety. Critters and pests can also present a significant risk. At their best, squirrels, racoons, and owls occasionally run or fly across your lawn, reminding us we share their ecosystem. However, occasionally trees overrun with pests can present a serious health and safety risk. Some creatures that eat away at your home and build nests of their own can impact the safety of your home’s structural integrity.

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Nobody wants to get rid of a tree that doesn’t need it, but knowing just when to cut down a tree is a tricky task best left to the experts.

When it comes to larger tasks like tree trimming for your home or municipal area, it is unlikely that you can complete the job on your own. We urge you never to work with a landscaping business who doesn’t have arborists on staff. These are trained professionals who actually know how to properly care for trees and landscaping.

Hiring the experienced professionals at The Parke Company for landscape services is the first step to ensuring you receive the kind of landscaping and lawn services necessary to preserve the assets on your property. From lawn mowing to removal of trees, the landscaping professionals at The Parke Company have the experience and the skills to meet the unique needs of your property and bring your design dreams to life.

Give us a call (615-350-6033) or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.

Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

For the outdoor enthusiast, winter can be a disheartening time. Most often, gardeners and green thumbs alike trade their gardening gloves for mittens and their trowels for snow shovels.

Whether your winters are mild and green or covered in snow, you still have options for winter landscaping. Today on the blog we’ve cracked the code on landscaping in the cooler months. Here is everything you need to know about outdoor holiday decorating ideas.

Winter Soft Scapes

If you live in an area like Nashville, winters can be magical. The occasional light snow and mild temperatures are enough to fill even the biggest grinch with Christmas cheer and nostalgia. All of that holiday cheer can even extend to your landscaping. There are plenty of plants hardy enough to withstand the winter if they are tended to the right way. After leaf collection in the fall, you can actually start thinking about planting your shrubs rather than shrub removal.

Evergreens and other resilient plants fare quite well in the colder months and can help bring a little bit of life back into your landscape design.  Talk with your arborist about the best options for incorporating new winter plants for holiday landscaping services.

Winter Hardscapes

Especially in the age of COVID, even our small gatherings are being forced outdoors. While many people are taking on new home improvement projects, it is a great time to start thinking about hardscape installations for your holiday landscape design.

Now is the perfect time to contract services for paver or walkway installations. While candlelit dinner parties in your dining room are out of the question for the foreseeable future, backyard bonfires and patio dining are great ways to stay connected with friends and family while keeping everyone safe.

Regardless of the season, a bonfire pit is a great investment that can be installed easily with little time and disruption to your schedule. In the winter months, a roaring fire can help make outdoor gatherings possible, while livening up your summer gatherings with smores and campfire stories.

If you’ve ever dreamt of Christmas songs by the fire, but don’t have the means to install an expensive fireplace, installing a firepit and backyard patio is the perfect choice for holiday landscape design.

Contact The Parke Company Today!

Getting your landscape ready for the holidays is going to take some work. When it comes to larger tasks, like tree trimming or hardscape installation for your home or municipal area, it is unlikely that you can complete the job on your own. Hiring the experienced professionals at The Parke Company for landscape services is the first step to ensuring you receive the kind of landscaping and lawn services necessary to preserve the assets on your property and bring holiday cheer.

From bringing holiday cheer to your lawn to lawn mowing to tree removal, the landscaping professionals at The Parke Company have the experience and the skills to meet the unique needs of your property and bring your design dreams to life. Give us a call (615-350-6033) or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.

Readying Your Landscaping for the Holidays

Snow on pinecones in winter

Even the biggest grinch can get a little joy out of holiday decor. For most of us, trimming the windows with garland and catching the glint of light reflecting off Christmas ornaments provides the kind of warm nostalgia we all need after the tough year that 2020 has been.

While preparing your home for the holidays typically means cranking up the heat and dusting off old boxes of ornaments, being ready for winter involves a lot more than just your home’s interior.

How to Get Your Yard Ready for the Holidays

Overwintering

Like its name suggests, overwintering is what you do to keep your plants and landscape healthy over the winter. Overwintering involves trimming back your landscape and doing a little digging. Depending on the plant, some can be overwintered by digging up the bulbs and storing them inside to replant in the spring. Many other plants can also be transplanted to a pot and brought indoors where they can absorb sunlight and avoid frost. When overwintering, it is critical to keep plants away from too much heat that may cause them to dry out.

Cutbacks

Cutbacks are also a part of preparing your landscape for winter. During the colder months, you can anticipate that your shrubs and bushes are likely to die away. Without cutbacks, however, you may find yourself with a big mess when spring comes around.

When taller plants are buried under layers of snow, dead leaves and shrubbery can trap moisture. Over time, that moisture build up can lead to mold and other damage that can infect your plants and spread disease.

The simple way to prepare your shrubs and bushes for the holiday season is by hiring landscaping services to complete the necessary cutbacks in your yard. Leave this one up to the experts. Cutting back too much will leave you with unusable stumps when spring comes around.

Leaf Raking

Leaf raking is one of the few landscaping chores that you may be able to swindle your kids into helping you with (as long as they get to jump in the piles). Getting rid of leaves is more than just an aesthetic choice for the fall and winter. Much like cutbacks, leaf raking prevents the kind of damage that can result from leaves sitting under layers of snow for a few months. Trapped under snow, moisture, and mold can build up and spread disease over your lawn. When the spring comes around and snow melts, you’ll be in a world of hurt when it comes to lawn care.

Contact The Parke Company Today!

When it comes to complicated tasks like cutbacks and winter preparation for your home or municipal area, some things are best left to the experts. But it doesn’t take an advanced degree to make your property beautiful– contact the experts!

Hiring the experienced professionals at The Parke Company for landscape services is the first step to ensuring you receive the kind of landscaping and lawn services necessary to preserve the assets on your property.

From lawn mowing to tree removal, the landscaping professionals at The Parke Company have the experience and the skills to meet the unique needs of your property and bring your design dreams to life.

Give us a call (615-350-6033) or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.

Canopy Raising: What Is it and Why Do You Need It?

Tree canopy from the ground

When it comes to tree maintenance, it can often feel like your options are limited. Unlike gardens and other plant beds that can easily be planted, uprooted, trimmed back, etc. all in one season, trees take years to grow to their full height and tree removal can be a complex and costly process. There is, however, one thing you can change in your landscape design when it comes to trees: canopy raising.

What to Know About Canopy Raising

What Is Canopy Raising?

Typically, when you think of landscaping maintenance for trees, you think of trimming branches, leaf raking, or complete tree removal. Canopy raising is a lot like tree trimming, but with intention.

In simple terms, your trees’ “canopy” is the coverage provided by the tree tops and branches. Also known as thinning, canopy raising is simply the process of cutting back lower branches to literally raise the height of your trees’ canopy. These cuts are typically made at regular intervals to prevent large lower branches from growing into the trees’ canopy.

Why Is it Necessary?

Canopy raising is about a lot more than just aesthetic improvement. Depending on where the trees are located, canopy raising can drastically improve the health of nearby plants and the safety of civilians. Trees with a low canopy can often block the sun from plants at the ground level. Without pruning, these plants will not get the sun they need to flourish and will wither away soon enough.

By raising the canopy of your trees, you can literally shed light on plants beneath your trees and keep them from dying. Heavy and low tree branches can also be a significant safety hazard. In the event of strong winds or a bad storm, these untrimmed branches are at risk for causing damage to homes or people nearby if they fall from the tree.

In urban as well as suburban or rural areas, low tree canopies can be just as much of a safety risk. Overgrown trees can block the sun from streets and park areas, creating shaded spaces that may increase occurrences of crime. These overgrown trees can also inhibit the flow of traffic and block critical street signage, leading to accidents and damage.

Contact The Parke Company Today!

When it comes to larger tasks like tree trimming for your home or municipal area, it is unlikely that you can complete the job on your own. But it doesn’t take an advanced degree to make your property beautiful– contact the experts!

Hiring the experienced professionals at The Parke Company for landscape services is the first step to ensuring you receive the kind of landscaping and lawn services necessary to preserve the assets on your property.

From lawn mowing to tree removal, the landscaping professionals at The Parke Company have the experience and the skills to meet the unique needs of your property and bring your design dreams to life.

Give us a call (615-350-6033) or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.