Comprehensive Guide to Winterizing Your Landscape Assets


Winterization is the process or processes required to prepare something for Winter. For a pool, this may mean drainage or covering. For a motorcycle, this may mean removing the gasoline and placing the battery on a drip charger. For people, this may mean procuring a few more sweaters and socks and purchasing firewood.

For your property, this may mean any number of things. Since each person’s property is different and unique, every landscape requires different processes to ensure effective and efficient winterization. Below are some of the more frequent winterization steps, though this list is certainly not extensive. For peace of mind and to guarantee that your property is ready for winter, reach out to the winterization professionals at The Parke Company to see how our landscaping services, irrigation services, and tree services can best support your land’s transition into the colder months.

Tree Winterization

When you think of winter, you think of the beautiful snow-blanketed landscape. When we think of winter, we think of snow blanketed dead tree limbs that are unable to carry the load and that break and fall on to your home. Sound bleak? It doesn’t have to be. One of the first steps to tree winterization is to check for dead or damaged limbs. Those that pose a threat to your home, vehicles, safety, or property should be removed before the snow or freezing rains fall. Additionally, to best prepare for winter storms, plants or brush that have built up on the trees and bushes around your home should also be removed. Overgrown plants should also be trimmed and pruned to mitigate unbearable loads during times of snow or freezing rain. The Parke Company has a variety of pruning and tree trimming services to choose from to ensure that your trees and bushes are to safe to take on the colder weather to come.

Lawn Winterization

Though they may spend much of the winter months buried beneath the snow, there are a few simple steps that should be taken to ensure that your lawns are ready for the cold weather. The first step is to cut your grass low to reduce weight and limit exposure to freezing temperatures. Long grasses will bend over under the snow and damage the growth beneath them. For the same reason, leaves and other litter should be raked and removed to prevent sunlight blockage, extra weight, and moisture retention. Once your lawn is ready, make sure that people, plants, and vehicles stay off it. One easy step is to set up flags or markers to outline your driveway and walkways. It seems silly to say, but stray shovel strokes or an improperly placed snowplow can cause extensive damage to your land. Finally, clear your lawn of unnecessary ornamentation that may also squash or damage your grass.

Of course, if you have an irrigation system, it is highly important that you properly drain and pressurize the system before the first frost. Cold weather and water-filled pipes don’t go together. Cracked or broken pipes and valves can be costly and time-consuming to repair. To ensure your irrigation system is properly winterized, consult our expert team. They have extensive knowledge in properly preparing systems of all shapes, sizes, and layouts.

Winter Plant and Shrub Coverings

Small and fragile plants and shrubs should be covered with burlap or something similar. This will prevent the build up of potentially damaging snow and freezing rain.

Winter Mulching and Fertilization

Your lawn, gardens, and trees receive very little nutrients during the winter months. Help them make it through these harsh days by applying fresh mulch and fertilizer before the freezing temperatures arrive. Mulch will help your soil retain temperature and moisture while fertilizer will give your plants a boost when the warmer weather arrives in spring.

Winter is Here, Snow is Falling, Now What?

Though proper winterization is paramount to a successful winter, there are many landscaping services that can be done during the winter months and a few that can only be done during winter. As the nights get colder and snow falls, there are several important things to consider.

First, do you have a snow clean-up plan? If not, take advantage of The Parke Company’s snow removal services to ensure your walkways and driveways are clean so that the winter weather doesn’t get in the way of you going about your life.

With or without snow, icy buildup on your exterior stairs and walkways can be very annoying or seriously dangerous. Unfortunately, many commercially available rock salts can have incredibly detrimental effects on your plants, gardens, and lawn. Make sure that you are utilizing safe salt options so that spring will find your property in good health and ready to take on the bountiful rains and sunshine.

Much of what needs to be done during the winter months you can do yourself. However, it is often safer and less time consuming to hire a professional. When it comes to ice and snow removal, it is important to know what you can safely do and when the project is over your head. If you are unsure, be safe and give us a call.

Is Winter Finally Over?

As the winter season ends and warmer weather rapidly approaches, there is a whole new list of things to do to get your landscapes ready for spring. Make sure you reach out to the professionals at The Parke Company to help you meet these seasonal changes head on to ensure that your property gets the fresh start it deserves.

Whatever Your Winterization Needs Are, Let The Parke Company Go to Work for You

Locally owned and operated, The Parke Company provides community-centered, high quality, and affordable tree and landscaping services to municipalities, businesses, and private residences in the greater Nashville area. We know Nashville. When it comes to winterization. We know the soil, water tables, and the specific winterization requirements for species endemic to Tennessee and for non-native plants and trees. We have experienced many Nashville winters ourselves and know how to best prepare for them. Even more, we know what to do when the unexpected happens and when the preparation is not enough. Our certified team of Nashville locals has a reputation for being clean, consistent, and professional and for being leaders in their industries. We at The Parke Company stand behind our work and pride ourselves on our ability to respond quickly, provide efficient and cost-effective services, and meet your needs every step of the way. Please feel free to give us a call (615-350-6033) or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.

Time to Get Rid of That Tree: Tips For Removing Unwanted Stumps, Branches and Trunks

cutting limbs with a chainsaw

It’s getting late in the summer, which means that the number of free days available for summer projects is dwindling. Sure, the heat and generally warm climate here in Nashville and the mid-Tennessee area means residents have more time than most, but do you really want to try to fit in removing that pesky stump come football season? Trees tend to be one of the more overlooked areas, especially when it comes to removal. It’s something the professionals here at the Parke Company take pride in, knowing exactly how much to trim and when to turn it into firewood, which is why we’ve put together this guide about tree and stump removal.

Know What You’ll Need and Why You’re Doing it

The first thing you’ll need to think about if you are going to handle this tree yourself is what kind of tools you’ll need. For larger projects, like cutting down a tree completely, you will probably need a chainsaw, as well as safety glasses or goggles. For a smaller project, such as pruning or clipping some of the smaller branches, you will likely be fine with little hand-held clippers. Make sure the area around the tree you’re working on is clear of any overhead obstructions, such as telephone wires, and make sure you know which direction you plan on having the tree fall.

If you plan on pruning, a little bit goes a long way. Taking care of some of the smaller offshoots is a good way to clean up the general look of the tree and even change its perceived height. However, if you cut the larger branches or one of the main offshoots, it could cause irreparable harm to the tree, inviting something like rot or other diseases to take root. Since there are a lot of ways a project of this undertaking could go wrong, it is recommended to let one of the professionals here at the Parke Company handle it so you know the job will get done right.

Now What?

You’re probably wondering what you can do with the tree after it’s fallen, or how to take care of the stump. The tree itself, or any branch cuttings, can easily be turned into firewood, or if it is a nice wood, turned into some great homemade projects. Reusing the wood in this way not only helps the environment, but also adds a nostalgic touch to anything made out of the tree. As for the stump, well, they can be pretty annoying with their stubbornness and refusal to willingly leave the ground. Plus, if it is ripped out of the ground while still connected to other root systems, it could damage them. It’s best left to someone used to stump removal.

Luckily, the arborists and tree surgeons here at the Parke Company are skilled at all sorts of tree maintenance, both at homes and for businesses. After all, with the sheer number of ways tree services could go wrong, wouldn’t it be better to let someone who knows what they’re doing – and actually enjoys it – to take care of it? We certainly think so.

3 Simple Methods for Pruning Evergreen Trees


Pruning evergreens can be an intimidating task for newbies. We perform these tasks every day at The Parke Company, but we understand that pruning can be baffling to nonprofessionals. After all, you don’t want to damage your beloved evergreens, or cut too much away and have them looking awkward.

The Parke Company would be happy to take this task off your plate. Our rates are affordable and our work is professional. However, if you want to handle routine pruning on your own, here are some ways to successfully prune the evergreen trees and shrubs in your yard and garden.

Formal Shapes for Junipers and Arborvitaes.

Scaly bristled evergreens like Junipers and Arborvitaes are great candidates for formal, classic shapes. Oftentimes, these are the cone-shaped, “Christmas Tree” silhouettes that are so familiar to us all. Other shapes are possible, too. All you have to do is start when the tree is young, trimming away the tips of branches until you achieve the shape you want. Because you trim the tips away, the small branches will grow wider instead of longer, making your tree much fuller and healthier looking.

New Growth in Larger Cypresses and Other Evergreens.

In Leyland Cypress trees, for example, branches grow from near the tip. These branches “want” to dominate the growth energy of the tree, so they send hormones back through the branch toward the trunk, as a signal to stop other growth. The tip then keeps happily growing, even though it gives the tree an unbalanced “leggy” appearance. Again, it’s important to remove these new growth areas. This will favor new growth to come from nearer the trunk, making the tree healthier and fuller in appearance.

Natural Shaping for Japanese Yews and Other Evergreen Shrubs.

The Japanese Yew is a popular evergreen shrub that lasts a long time and provides a natural appearance, while taking up variable amounts of space in the garden or landscape. When pruning, it’s tempting to try to replicate globes or other “formal” shapes you’ve seen on TV. But this isn’t good for a plant like this, nor does this shape resemble the way the plant would grow on its own in nature. It’s better to, again, cut the tips of the longest growth, bringing the shape towards something more manageable, without making the plant look like Edward Scissorhands had a go at it. By eliminating long and aggressive growth, you’ll even extend the life of the shrub. Light will now be able to penetrate the outer topiary, which will allow greenery to live nearer the plant’s core.
At The Parke Company, we like to extend the life and usefulness of trees, prolonging their days before they are reduced to stumps and firewood. Most people who have trees like the ones described are a little unsure about what pruning is supposed to look like or accomplish. But pruning is pretty simple. With minimal work, you can improve your evergreen trees’ appearance, health and longevity. The Parke Company can do it for you, but we’re also happy to help you do it yourself.