What Can a Nashville Landscaper Do for You?

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Nashville is fortunate to have an abundance of lovely old homes surrounded by lawns and trees. The Parke Company, Nashville’s leading landscaping service and tree service, has been transforming those well-kept lawns into eye-catching landscaped spaces for years.

The difference between a well-maintained yard and a professionally landscaped lawn can be breathtaking. Curb appeal immediately goes up, but more importantly, a landscape gives the homeowner his or her own piece of private paradise.

At the Parke Company, we have been designing, installing, and maintaining these natural havens for homeowners in Memphis, Belle Meade, Green Hills, Oak Hills and other communities for over a decade. While we are probably best known for our tree trimming, tree transplanting, and tree removal services, we also provide a wide range of other services that enhance the total landscape.

Have You Considered?

If you are thinking about making improvements to your lawn but are unsure of what would work where, we suggest you sit down with our designer and talk about your ideas. Our designers and certified arborists see green space differently than most people. They know which trees thrive and provide shade, which shrubs complement which architectural styles, and how to lay out a landscape that will require minimal maintenance.

They deal with landscaping daily and you can trust their knowledge to make your dream lawn a reality. It’s about more than adding a flower bed and a bush.

The landscaping services we provide include:

  •        Landscape design and installation. We will listen to what your objective is and then provide our ideas on how to best achieve that. Once the plan is approved, installation is quick, no hassle, and surprisingly affordable.
  •        Sod. New and replacement.
  •        Irrigation systems. We can install new systems, repair existing lines, or modify the lines to better irrigate the space.
  •        Hardscapes. We can install a variety of water features, pagodas, screens, and other “hardscape” items.
  •        Mulch service. We use both wood-based and pine straw mulch to protect your spaces from drought, weed infestation, and root disease.
  •        Installation of pavers and walkways.
  •        Tree removal, trimming, transplanting, stump removal.
  •        Outdoor lighting. Decorative lighting to highlight your landscape or practical lighting for patios, decks, outdoor kitchens, etc.
  •        Installation of firepits.
  •        Flower beds. We prepare the beds, provide the bloomers, plant them, ensure there is adequate irrigation and drainage, and apply a layer of mulch.
  •        Emergency tree service. When a bad storm hits the Nashville area, you can count on snapped limbs and even fallen trees. We provide quick response to our customers to ensure their property doesn’t experience additional harm from damaged trees.

 

The Parke Company is a member of the ISA, is an ISA Certified Arborist, belongs to the Tennessee Nursery and Landscaping Association, and is an IPCI certified installer for hardscapes. We know our business.

Contact The Parke Company

If you are thinking about creating your own outdoor space and you want it done professionally, we invite you to contact us today. We are happy to sit down with you and discuss the options that fit both your objectives and your budget. Call today.

Firepit Placement and Use to Avoid Damaging Trees

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Are you considering adding a firepit to your lawn? Firepits have become increasingly popular in Nashville. They are a great way for a family to share a “campfire” experience without actually having to sleep in a tent out in the woods. They also make great entertainment centers for more sophisticated gatherings.

One of the reasons firepits are enjoying such popularity is the wide range of choices offered by manufacturers. Firepits come in both portable and fixed installations. The price range runs from $200 for a simple steel bowl, wood fueled and portable, to thousands of dollars for a copper bowl, combination gas and wood fuel, permanent installation.

Regardless of the model or type of firepit you select, installation will be easier and safer if you use a professional landscaping service like the Parke Company. Known for our landscaping and tree trimming service, we also have extensive experience in “hardscaping,” or the installation of firepits, water features, gazebos, and more.

Considerations When Installing a Firepit

There are obviously aesthetic considerations when choosing a firepit. You want one that is sized appropriately for your lawn. Too big and your firepit will look like a pagan sacrifice altar. Too small and it will look like a misplaced Weber grill. If you are installing a permanent pit, it’s best if it is constructed from the same materials as your house, if possible.

But there are other, more serious concerns to address, including safe operation of the firepit. In fact, if you live in Nashville there is a regulation that says:

  •        Firepits must be constructed of steel, concrete, clay, or other noncombustible materials;
  •        They must be kept at least 15’ from the dwelling;
  •        They must burn wood or other solid fuels;
  •        The firepit must be attended by a responsible person equipped with a means to immediately extinguish the fire.

If you live outside of Nashville, call your local fire department to see if there are any restrictions.

More Safety Tips for Firepits

Then there are the obvious issues. In Nashville the pit has to be 15’ away from your home, but if that 15’ puts you under a tree or a tree’s overhanging branch, you have to move the pit. Trees represent the biggest threat of fire. The pit will be built on concrete, gravel, brick, or slate, so it won’t overheat and catch fire. However, a spark from a wood log can travel (particularly on a breezy night) and catch a tree on fire.

People like to buy firewood as fuel because you get the crackling, smoke, and aroma of a fireplace fire. Wood fuel comes with its own set of problems, though. Avoid using softwoods like pine and cedar as they have a tendency to “pop” and send embers flying. A hardwood like oak makes the best firewood. Obviously, you’ll need to keep a supply of split wood nearby and feed the fire when needed. Lastly, you need a plan to safely remove and dispose of ashes when the gathering ends.

Seating should be three feet back from the pit, constructed of a non-flammable material, and definitely not include any cushions. A concrete or brick sitting wall is a nice alternative to chairs.

Contact Us!

If you would like advice on planning a firepit, don’t hesitate to call the Parke Company now. We are happy to help!

Getting Ready for Snow: How You Can Prepare

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As anyone living in the Nashville area can tell you after the weather middle Tennessee received this week (or anyone who watches Game of Thrones),  winter is coming. It might not last for very long, and there might not be a lot of snowfall, but it will arrive before you know it, leading to a bit of chaos for your home or business and the surrounding roads. It can make keeping up your lawn difficult as well, as snow and salt and ice tend to absorb the pollution from the air and other places, turning into a black and grey slush, instead of the white pristine wonderland from our imagination. Luckily, we here at the Parke Company are used to dealing with everything old Mr. Winter has to throw at us, which is why we are the perfect people to help you through this trying time.  

With that in mind, here are some ways The Parke Company can make your life easier come this winter.

Snow, Let it Go

The main thing the Parke Company can do that will help you out of a bit of a jam is our snow removal services, just one of the many municipal services offered by the company. It is important to remove snow from places that are hindering business, or in some extreme cases, where it is harmful to your health. The longer it sits, the more difficult it becomes to remove. Snow on the road is dangerous for drivers, and it makes it difficult for workers to get to their place of employment – all reasons to get it removed from the roads. Of course, in this climate you also run the risk of the snow melting on places like sidewalks, turning to ice and becoming a potential health hazard or lawsuit waiting to happen. Let the Parke Company ease your mind by removing the snow.

Weighing You Down

Contrary to popular belief, snow actually does have some positive benefits for your lawn. When the snow falls is the perfect time to seed your garden, if you have not done so already. So if there are patchy areas that need tender love and attention, maybe wait for the first snowfall to act as a security blanket, protecting the seedlings from their natural enemy, birds. Of course, the flipside to this is that you risk damaging the blades of grass by stepping on them. The additional weight added by the snow can sometimes damage the entire root system, so it is something best left to the professionals. Extra weight is also why, if you have trees, you should investigate if they need trimming and pruning. The extra weight added by a new snowfall can be disastrous, causing easily avoidable damage.  

A fresh snowfall is one of the best looking things that pops up in nature, but is can lead to a lot of damage and destruction if left unchecked, like when it blocks important roadways or sidewalks, or when it lands on unsuspecting trees. So the first time you see the snowflakes starting to fall, make sure you have the number for the Parke Company handy.

Cold Weather Care for Your Trees

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It might seem a bit odd, but even with the cold weather and all of the leaves on the ground, now is the perfect time to work on the trees and bushes that line your lawn or business’s property. Not only is the cool weather – like the kind that is rapidly approaching the Nashville area – the perfect time to plant a new tree, since it promotes root growth, but the ideal time to get things ready for the harsh realities of the oncoming winter. We here at the Parke Company spend a lot of time getting things ready for winter and planting new trees. In fact, it is one of the busiest times of the year for us because of the small window to get things done and take advantage of the weather while it lasts. To really take advantage of the timing, here are some things you can do to make sure your trees last through the cold weather and come out of their hibernation in the spring looking healthy and hale.

Eating Healthy

Much like yourself, one of the most important things you can do for your trees is to make sure they are eating healthy. While for you that might mean cutting back on greasy burgers and adding more fruits and vegetables, for trees that primarily means mulching. Mulch, in its simplest form, is any organic (and sometimes, inorganic) material laid down on top of the soil as a cover. It helps the soil retain moisture and in most cases adds nutrients. In addition, the mulch acts like a blanket for the tree’s root system, keeping it warm and healthy during the extreme cold months. The nice thing about mulch is that it can be created using the materials you already have at home, namely, leaves. Instead of shipping them away in a leaf bag, save them, add water and let them sit for a couple of weeks. The resulting mixture makes for a wonderfully nutrient-rich drink for the trees. Now is also the time to monitor the water intake of trees, because a winter water drought can be almost as harmful as a summer one. Water them appropriately when the temps are still above freezing and you won’t have to worry about it later on.

A Little Off the Top

This is the perfect time to prune your trees. Pruning and trimming are practices that should be carried out through the entire year, but autumn is the perfect time to do so for several reasons. For one, the trees are dormant in hibernation, making any cutting you do potentially less harmful. For another, you can actually see the structure of the tree, so you will know where to make the cuts. Pruning relieves stress on certain parts of the tree, something that might be exacerbated by snow and ice, so do not neglect it. If you don’t feel comfortable making these kinds of cuts, trimming and pruning are just a couple of the many tree services offered by the professionals here at the Parke Company.

Autumn is coming to a close, but it is not over yet and now is the time to make sure things are in order when it comes to your trees. By ensuring they have a healthy diet and are properly trimmed, you can count on happy and healthy trees, and it never hurts to have a step up on the competition come spring.

All That’s Left are the Leaves

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It’s that time of the year again in Nashville, when looking out your window leads to images of a ragged-looking lawn covered in the dead and dying, instead of the nice, tidy, and trim emerald grass you are used to seeing. Yes, we are living in the days of autumn, when the leaves are falling in full force, leading to weekends spent cleaning up waste instead of doing literally anything else. This might not be a problem when you have a small area to clean up, but even that can take hours. Now imagine how much time it will take to cover a large area, and that is just dealing with the leaves. There has to be an easier way to makes things look nice! Luckily for you, there is. We here at the Parke Company are professionals at making life easier, because if there is one thing we learned from our youth, it is to “work smarter, not harder.” With that in mind, here are some ways to ease your mind about the amount of yard work the fall season brings.

Mowing Down the Competition

When it comes to dealing with leaves, the gold standard has always been the simple, humble rake, and while there are some positives to raking, like the amount of time you get to spend outside, breathing the fresh cool air, it can be a real pain. Plus you have to bag the leaves up afterwards, and you end up spilling a lot of them on the ground and need to do the whole thing all over again (although we here at the Parke Company are happy to remove the leaf bags for you). There is a better way however, and that is to use a mower. Now I know that sounds like it would make more of a mess, but if you get a mower with a mulch bag on it, you can save the mulch and use it again as a nutrient-rich additive when it comes time to plant things in the spring.

Getting High

The important thing to remember when mowing with a mulch bag is to make sure the blades are not too low to the ground. At this point in the year the grass has stopped growing, so cutting it too close to the ground can cause irreparable damage to the grass underneath. Set the blades on the mower to the highest setting so you know you’re only going to mow up the leaves. If you are concerned about the risks, you might want to look into the landscaping services offered by the Parke Company, although you should do it quickly, as this is a busy time of the year for us.

We understand that raking leaves, either into those heavy duty bags or into a big pile for jumping into, is one of those time-honored fall traditions. We are big believers in honoring traditions, but this is one of those times when you need to think about what is best for you and your lawn. Mowing and mulching is definitely the more efficient option, but raking is not bad either, as it still gets the leaves up and away.