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

Tree fallen on a car

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.

When to Remove a Tree

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

House freshly coated in snow

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.

How to Decorate for the Holidays

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.

Cut-backs and Overwintering: Landscaping Year Round

Snow falling throughout a forrest

As fall settles in, many of us have begun putting away our lawnmowers and hanging up our gardening gloves. While the colder months are in full swing, your landscaping tasks are far from over. 

To protect your landscape from the harsh winter months and to be ready for next spring, there are a few techniques you can employ to ensure that your plants flourish after the frost. If you’ve never heard of cut-backs and overwintering, these are the two secret techniques that could be the difference between a garden that withstands the winter and one that wilts. 

The Best Ways to Landscape Year-Round

Cut-Backs

Cut-backs are one of the simplest and best things that you can do to ready your garden for the chillier months. Cutbacks are aptly named. It is the act of cutting back plants to remove dead or damaged portions before the next season. As fall comes around, many perennials are nearing the end of their season and will begin to show signs of damage or disease. Cutting these plants down to the stalk will help to preserve their roots and eliminate disease or fungus that could spread to other areas of your garden and cause significant damage. 

Cutbacks can often seem tricky. While some perennials will quickly whither, making cutbacks an obvious choice, some plants may still be green when it comes time to cut them back. This is precisely when the skills of an experienced landscaping professional come in handy. Without the right expertise, you may run the risk of cutting back plants too quickly or too late, which can cause even more problems down the line and keep you from fully reaping the benefits of cutbacks in your garden.

Overwintering

Overwintering is the act of preparing and protecting your plants for winter. Just like you may store a sports car in a garage for winter to protect it from damage, some plants must come indoors in a garage or basement to “overwinter”. 

The method you use to overwinter different plants will depend on the specific plant and its needs. While some plants can just be transplanted into a pot and treated as houseplants for the season, others may need their bulbs stored, or to be kept in a cool, dark place for a dormancy period. 

When overwintering, it is important to cut back, dig up the plants bulb, and store them indoors away from heaters and vents that may dry them out. 

Hiring Landscaping Services

Cutbacks and overwintering are fairly simple tasks, but they definitely aren’t easy. Properly preparing your garden for winter requires extensive knowledge on each of your plants and the specific ways in which they should be stored over the winter. 

Cutbacks that are performed recklessly may result in a garden full of plant shreds, rather than strategically cut plants that will grow again next season. While many home and property owners love gardening, making the right choices for your zone and the season is a lot harder than solving some lawn problems. 

It shouldn’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.