Landscaping on a Budget: Ways to Save Money

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Giving tips about ways to improve your yard can be difficult sometimes because of the nature of landscaping. Everyone’s lawn is different, with the very physical nature of the beast making it so that nothing is going to be universal, with very few exceptions. While we at the Parke Company are here to offer our support and years of wisdom to the cause, there are some general things you can do to make things a little nicer, visually speaking. Since we live in an era where most things that can be done in the home can also be done at a decreased cost, all of these tips will also be very cost effective, incorporating things you probably already have in your home or nearby.

Getting a New Purpose

One of the easiest things you can do is to re-purpose things you already have on hand. Have some plants that are falling over? Don’t go out and spend all your money on fancy metal spirals when the application of bread ties and a fence work just as fine. Got a grassy area that would be better served as a flower bed? Throw some newspapers down and just wait – let the old news do the job. Shredded newspapers and cardboard also make for a solid mulching agent in a pinch, although the kind we offer at the Parke Company serves that problem just a bit better. The truth is that there are hundreds of things like this that you can do to make your life a little easier. You just need to look around at what you have, and with a little lateral thinking, most of your old junk can become new landscaping budget savers.

It doesn’t have to be little odds and ends, either. Throw a fresh coat of paint on an old bucket and drill a couple of holes in the bottom and you have a new planter. Another great idea is to set up a compost pile, which will eventually turn your old food and lawn scraps into a free source of fertilizer.


One of the best ways to save money on your landscape project is by taking a little time to see all of the places you can become more efficient. I’m not just talking about working smarter instead of harder, although there is some of that involved. The amount of money you spend on watering your yard can be a huge chunk of your budget, considering the amount needed to water a large area everyday. One way to save money is by watering the plants in the morning, because more of the water will be absorbed by the plant’s root. This is especially true in an area like Nashville, where the summer days can be absolute scorchers, leading to much of the water evaporating before the plant gets it all. If that’s not going to work with your schedule, you might want to look into an irrigation system, like the services we at the Parke Company provide to many residents and businesses.

We know how easy it can be to see your budget skyrocket when it comes to landscaping, which is why it can be necessary to save every penny anywhere you can. Hopefully by repurposing old household items and being more efficient with your water usage, you can do just that.

Common Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

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A nice, well manicured lawn is one of the joys of owning a home. Even something as simple as a mowed lawn and some trimmed shrubberies can make a world of difference when it comes to having something nice to look out your window at. Of course going above and beyond the most basic landscaping design will make your home and lawn stand out even more from the pack, but like all things in life, there is a chance that things can go wrong, despite your best intentions. While we at the Parke Company are more than happy to help you design the landscape of your dreams, we understand that there are those of you who just want to roll up your sleeves and get to work yourself.

With that in mind, here are several things to avoid when tackling your next landscaping project.

All about the Angles

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to landscaping happens when the designer forgets that what he or she is doing is going to impact the world around them, and vice versa. You might have an amazing design planned, but if you forget something simple, such as the fact that most lawns are not straight and flat, you’re going to have a bad time. First-timers tend to think of the lawn as being a square or rectangle and on a grid, when the world is much more soft, with curves and dips and hills. When taken into account by a professional, things tend to work out better, which is part of the reason we at the Parke Company are well known for our landscaping designs. Additionally, you need to take into account what the design looks like from all of the angles. Something that works when viewed from the street might look terrible from the window. It doesn’t have to be an either/or situation; things can look nice from a lot of different angles. One way to fix this is to go back inside and make sure everything looks right before continuing, using the frame of the window as a guide.

Considering the people

Of course this takes the idea that you will be doing most of your work in the front yard, when people tend to do the majority of their work in the backyard. There are some benefits to doing work in the front, since that is the area most people will see first. You also need to be considerate of your neighbors, since what your place looks like also indirectly affects their home’s value as well. Avoid over cluttering the yard with a lot of ornaments; a little goes a long way. Take into account the growth of the plants; if you know you won’t be able to maintain the landscape, then maybe having a large bush near a neighbor’s property might not be the best idea, unless you plan on contacting the Parke Company for our amazing maintenance services.
So when you start to improve your landscape, just remember to keep these things in mind, and if that sounds like too daunting a task, the Parke Company is always here to help, because you deserve the best when it comes to the way your lawn looks.

Three Things You Need to Know About Parke’s Snow Removal Services

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It’s getting cold outside in Nashville and soon there will be flurries and even snow! But did you know that Parke’s services don’t end once the snow moves in? That’s right! Our arborists and landscapers work hard all year long, including the winter.  So as the warmer weather moves out of the Middle Tennessee area and the cold air settles in, remember us for your winter landscape needs like emergency tree care services and snow removal. With the holidays rapidly approaching and the daylight hours getting shorter, one of the last things you need to worry about is shoveling snow. Luckily, that’s where we come in. We can complete the chore for you so you can be on your way doing what’s important — spending time with your family and friends.

So what should you know about our snow removal services before you call? Here are a few things to consider:

No hassle
The biggest thing to consider for our snow removal services is how easy it is. There’s really no reason why you should not take advantage of this landscape service. We not only remove the snow from your driveways and sidewalks, but also salt them to keep them safe and walkable. All you need to do is give us a call and we can do the rest. We know you have places to be so let us get to work and you’ll have snow and ice removed in no time.

Great gift idea for elderly
Still looking for the right gift for your grandparents? Call us today to discuss the options of buying snow removal services for them! It’s a great gift option for those who can’t get out and work on their landscape, especially in the winter. This is also a great idea for those who might be more susceptible to falls and shouldn’t be removing snow or salting sidewalks. Give our landscape crew a call today to discuss the options. You’ll definitely win the award for most creative and useful gift of the year.

Book Now
Most people wait until they need the services before they give us a call. However we recommend calling us now to book any snow removal services you might need during the winter months. Calling now ensures that you receive priority for when you need the services. In addition, you receive preferential treatment for emergency tree care services should you need it during a severe winter storm. Though we never anticipate (or want) winter storms, they are still common in the Middle Tennessee area so it’s important to be prepared.

So whether you are too busy or need a gift for someone who can’t shovel snow themselves, consider our snow removal services. And while you’re chatting with us, discuss all the other services our arborists and landscape professionals offer. From tree care, emergency services and all the other landscape services, we have a variety available to suit your needs. And just because it’s getting colder doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be planning for the spring months nor does it mean you might not need our winter services soon. Time flies, Nashvillians, so be prepared! Contact an arborist today for more information.

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Parke’s Gift Guide for the Holiday Season


boy working on laptopThe holiday season is rapidly approaching. Nashville stores are already full of Christmas decorations and early Black Friday sales. But if you are in the market this year to give something more unique than a holiday gift set, consider the many tree services we offer at the Parke Company! If you or someone you know and love owns their own home, you know how expensive it can be so why not treat them to a little monetary reprieve and give them a gift that keeps on giving? Our arborists offer a variety of landscape and tree services, but there are several that would be truly special this holiday season. Here are a few suggestions:

Give a live Christmas tree
This gift idea is easily one of our favorites. If you know someone who’s always wanted a live Christmas tree, this is a great opportunity. With the help of our arborists, we can make their Christmas dream come true! Our crew will install the tree and then when the holidays are over, they will transplant the tree in the backyard. This is not only a present for the holidays, but it allows the tree to live for many years to come. If you are interested in purchasing a live tree for someone, be sure to do it soon so they have it in time!

Buy a holiday decoration service
One of our favorite landscape services we offer is decorating. If you know someone who loves to decorate the outside of their home, but perhaps can no longer do so because of old age or because they’re too busy, this is a great gift! We can work with you or the gift recipient to ensure the decorations are exactly what you/they want. It’s also a great way to surprise folks you love with a little holiday cheer. However, like the live trees, schedule this landscape service sooner rather than later to get your name in the books.  

Buy a shrub, plant or tree using online store
Did you know you can purchase trees, plants and shrubs on our online store? That’s right! It’s an easy and effective way to purchase what you like at your own convenience. Our online store is a great tool for gift-giving this season because it allows you to pick out exactly what you want to give at the price point you can afford. Though our online store is a great tool for the holidays, it’s also a great gift-buying experience for other occasions, such as a housewarming or congratulatory event. Just drop what you want in your cart, pay and we will call you to schedule a time to come out and plant.

Don’t let the thought of Christmas shopping overwhelm you this year. With the help of our landscape and arborists, your holiday shopping can be finished in a jiffy! And don’t forget – there is always room to buy a little gift for yourself, too. Whether it’s one of the landscape or tree services listed above or something else, our team of experienced professionals have got you covered. Want more information? Give us a call today! Happy Holidays, Nashvillians!

Scheduling Your Services Now, Pays Off in the Future


parke-company-emergency-services-tree-landscape-irrigation-maintenance-blog-Benefits-to-Buying-Larger-Maintenance-Packages-tree-workOne of the best things about Parke’s services is that we work with you over the course of many seasons. Should you need tree care in the summer or snow removal in the dead of winter, we have your back. Even though it seems to be getting colder outside and your need for tree care is slowing down, we recommend calling us to schedule the last of your fall services right away. Working with an arborist or landscape team checks off any odds and ends you still have on your list, but it also ensures that you’re covered in the future.

There are so many great benefits to scheduling tree care and landscape services now before it’s too late. Not convinced? Here are three reasons why you won’t regret it:

Emergency services are ready when you need it
The winter season is sneaking up on us and, before you know it, Middle Tennessee will have ice and snow all over the roadways and driveways. That also means your trees will be covered in ice and snow, which can lead to damage of property or blocked roadways. Thankfully, if you are a Parke customer already you will get first priority for winter emergency services. So if a branch falls on your driveway and you’re blocked, our emergency crew at Parke will be at your house in a jiffy, and you can be on your merry way.

It’s one less thing you need to worry during the upcoming holiday season
We all know that the holiday season can bring additional stress and emotion to each and every one of us. That is why scheduling your Parke services now is a great option for the future. Who wants to worry about raking up those leaves, right? It’s one less thing you have to worry about. Call one of our arborists today and get your trees transplanted and those flowerbeds cleaned.  That leaves all your attention to enjoying the leaves change, trimming the Christmas tree and carving the turkey.

Bundling services is actually cheaper in the long run
We all like to save money right? Bundling multiple tree and landscape services with Parke ensures that you actually save more money in the long run. Have tree work that an arborist needs to take care of? Have a large landscape that our landscape crew needs to manage? Perhaps you need some decorations for your fall and winter parties you’re hosting this year? If any of these things are what you need, then we suggest calling us today and discussing bundling the services in order to save a little cash. And what better time to save money than right before all the holiday shopping begins?

Our crew of experienced landscape specialists and arborists are certified at making sure that your trees and your landscape look impeccable through the entire year.  By scheduling the services now, you are guaranteeing yourself less hassle as the winter months emerge. For more information about tree care services, landscape services, and any other services that Parke offers, give us a call today!