Don’t Install New Landscaping Features Without First Doing This

landscaping and irrigation

Variety is the spice of life, as they say. If you’re someone who invests a lot of time and energy into your landscape maintenance, you probably get a great deal of joy from creating a beautiful useful space. You may also find yourself wanting to incorporate new and exciting features to add to the beauty of your property.

If you’re often bored by maintaining the status quo of your landscape design, installing new features can be a great way to shake up the aesthetic of your property, but before you do so, make sure that you keep the following things in mind.

Work With What You Know

The only person who interacts with your yard on a daily basis is you. You know what has grown well in the past and which areas get enough shade or full sunlight. Mapping out these locations can be helpful for planning purposes. Use your knowledge and experience of your yard to plan any new additions accordingly.

It’s important to consider the unique terrain, soil quality, and light exposure of your property if you intend to install any new features in your landscape. While a cobblestone walkway may seem like a good idea, you know the particular incline of your property and should consider such factors when deciding what to install.

You also know best what your property will be used for. It is important to consider how the presence of children or pets in your yard will affect what you decide to install. A fountain may be a beautiful focal point to your property, but it could be dangerous if you have toddlers, or it could be one more thing for your dogs to splash around in.

When you’re deciding how to improve your landscape design, make sure that you use your previous knowledge of the property to inform your decision.  

Work With What is There

When thinking about your new landscape feature, remember that the rest of your yard is still there. That flashy gazebo or gorgeous footbridge may be just what you’ve always wanted in your yard, but if you’ve already got a pool, a back patio, and dense trees, it may only result in the congestion of your property.

Some landscape features can be moved or modified if you want to add something new to the existing design, but it’s important to consider what is already there and what is permanent.

On a less pragmatic level, it is also necessary to consider the aesthetic of your property. Will this new feature fit the theme that has already been established by your landscape design?

An eclectic property can either be a whimsical amalgamation of features or it can look like a reckless assembly. When you consider installing anything new to your existing landscape design, make sure that it will incorporate seamlessly with what you’ve already put together.

Work With a Professional

When you’re making a big change to your landscape design (or even a small one), having a second opinion is key to making sure that you don’t make any costly mistakes.

Working with a professional could give you the foresight to know whether or not the feature you want to install is feasible. While they can help you hammer out the details of installation and cost, they can also help you determine whether or not it is a wise aesthetic choice.

Consulting a lawn care and landscape professional is important because their experience can also help you envision the future of your landscape design. They will be able to foresee future issues and help you figure out how to prevent or prepare for them.

If you’re looking to develop your property and create a more exciting landscape, the experienced landscape and tree experts at The Parke Company know just how to meet your unique landscape service needs.

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

Installing an Irrigation System – Not a Great DIY Project for Most Nashville Homeowners


If you don’t have an automated irrigation system, you probably spend many humid Nashville evenings hauling out a hose and sprinkler to water the lawn and shrubs. Some people see that task as a pain while others enjoy the quiet time after a hectic day at work. The truth, however, is that both kinds of people are wasting water and may be damaging their lawns.

The hose/sprinkler technique is incredibly inefficient. If you care about your lawn, trees, shrubs, flower gardens, and water bill, you should seriously consider a professionally planned and installed irrigation system. At the Parke Company, we do more than tree trimming. We offer a full range of landscape services including all aspects of irrigation systems from planning to installing to seasonal maintenance.

Nashville residents are known for their sense of self reliance, and many may wonder why they would need a tree service company to put in a watering system. After all, it’s just a matter of buying the parts, digging a ditch or two, laying the pipe, burying the pipe, and hooking the whole thing up to a water source. Piece of cake.

Actually, it’s a tad more involved than that. Here’s the short list of what is required before you dig a trench or lift a piece of PVC:


  • What type of grass do you have? Some turfgrasses require more water than others.
  • What kind of soil do you have? Sandy soil will absorb moisture while clay will not. Soil type will play a major role in how frequently you irrigate and for how long.
  • Are you going to need a building permit in your community?
  • What are the ordinances regarding irrigation systems, particularly backflow safeguards?
  • Check with your utilities before you start digging.
  • Does your community require a licensed contractor to install the system?

Gather Data

  • What is your water pressure expressed in pounds per square inch (PSI)?
  • What’s the size of your water meter and water line?
  • What is your water flow rate expressed in gallons per minute (GPM)?

Map the System

  • Use graph paper and make a “to scale” map of your property. Identify your house, garage, outbuildings, trees, shrubs, mulched areas, low and high spots, sidewalks, and fences.
  • Once the map is completed, plot your irrigation zones and the location of sprinklers, taking into consideration “spray overlap.”
  • Each sprinkler head will have a specific target. You want to avoid watering non-organic materials like foundations, driveways, and sidewalks.
  • You’ll use this map to order parts. It’s important that it is as close to scale as possible so you don’t come up short or buy too much.

Of course, all this is just the planning stage. You are definitely going to need help identifying the parts you need and how to assemble the zones.

Even a relatively small lawn can wind up being a sizeable investment if the planning and implementation is done incorrectly.

Contact The Parke Company

Avoid that risk and the frustration and give the Parke Company a call for a free consultation. We’ve been in business in Nashville for over 30 years. We are the premiere tree experts and home for certified arborists. We have the professional staff, experience, and equipment to handle all your irrigation needs. Call us today!