Your Home Outdoors: Starting with Your Needs to Plan Your Dream Outdoor Living Space

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When it comes to planning a new outdoor living space, dreaming big is the easy part. The sky’s the limit in our minds, but the nitty gritty of establishing a budget and a plan can often feel confusing and disorienting.

Here at The Park Company, we want to use  our landscaping services, irrigation services, and tree services to transform your outdoor living space according to your dreams while still staying within your budget. Here’s how the process works.

Start with Anything and Everything

If you’re dreaming, dream big. When planning a major (or minor) renovation to your outdoor living space, there is no reason to initially constrain yourself. (That comes later.) Have fun and start by putting it all out on the table. Do you want a fountain? Great! An outdoor kitchen with a full wet bar? Why not! A koi pond and Japanese zen garden? Sounds wonderfully serene! The goal for this step in the process is to brainstorm in order to gather as many ideas and options as possible. Nothing is off limits.

We recommend exploring our website and the various services we offer as you begin to develop ideas. Drive around your neighborhood to look at your neighbor’s outdoor spaces. Talk to friends and family. Use the image search feature of your favorite search engine. Think long-term (what you’d like your outdoor space to look like in 20 years) and short-term (what you’d like to have by next year). Think about the potential for multi-seasonal use of your outdoor spaces. Imagine what you’d like to do in your backyard if anything was possible. Think of things you do inside and envision doing them outside. Compile a list of outdoor activities you leave your property to accomplish and then imagine what would have to happen for you to be able to complete these activities in your own yard.

Generate as many ideas as possible, but make sure to record them somewhere. An online folder with pictures and a written list is always a great way to start. It will make the next step much easier.

Organize Your Ideas to Fit Your Specific Outdoor Space

Now that you have an extensive list of ideas, it’s time to organize them. There are many ways to do this. You may want to organize by season, by types of outdoor activities, by varietal of plant species, by some sort of color scheme, by keeping or cutting your trees, by things that you can do yourself versus things you would need professional help to complete (think raking leaves versus stump grinding), etc.

The main thing to avoid at this stage of the game is eliminating anything. Sure, your own personal nine-hole golf course might be a bit outside your price range, but for the organizational stage, it is still important that anything goes. Keeping a full list will help you see trends in your own desires and may make the process of onboarding a professional that much easier.

One simple, but highly effective tool you can utilize is a graphic organizer such as a Venn diagram or T-chart. By using different organizational structures and then placing this side-by-side, you will start to get a clearer picture of which ideas are common across all of the different potential renovation plans and which only fit into very specific outdoor living space concepts.

Budget, Prioritize, and Plan

Once you’ve organized your ideas, it’s time to get real by budgeting, prioritizing, and planning. It’s also time to contact a professional.

Budgeting is, for most people, the least enjoyable step in realizing your outdoor living space dreams, but it doesn’t have to be. With support from the professionals at The Parke Company, you might be surprised by just how far your money can go. This is especially true when planning long-term, multi-year renovation projects.

Once you’ve determined a realistic and sustainable budget, your next step is to begin to prioritize various outdoor projects or concepts. You may not have the money for the aforementioned golf course, but perhaps a putting green is feasible. A wet bar may be outside your reach, but a tiki bar may be obtainable. Maybe the deck comes this year, the grill next year, and the jacuzzi the year after that. Though these are highly personal decisions, a landscaping professional can help you see which aspects of your overall plan can be easily realized within your budget and help to you determine what and where to cut, if necessary.

Finally, it’s time to plan. Your dream is specific to you and your landscape is different from others. The planning stage should take into consideration your organized and prioritized ideas, your budget, your timeline, and the attributes of your current landscape and home. Only once all of these aspects are taken into account can a thoughtful and realistic plan, be developed.

Let The Parke Company Help You Make Your Dream Outdoor Living Space a Reality

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 outdoor living spaces, we have all your bases covered. We know the soil, water tables, plants, and seasons and how each of these may directly or indirectly impact your specific landscape. We have the local experience, knowledge, and know how to help you realize your dreams.

Our certified team of Nashville locals has a reputation for being clean, consistent, and professional, and for being leaders in their industries. Here at The Parke Company, we 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 at (615) 350-6033 or contact us online today to see how The Parke Company difference can work for you.

Comprehensive Guide to Winterizing Your Landscape Assets

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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.

Community Spotlight: Debris Clearing and Storm Response in Forest Hills with The Parke Company

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From microbursts to thunderstorms to the occasional freak snowstorm, Forest Hills and the surrounding Tennessee municipalities are exposed to weather of all kinds. No matter what is coming, these communities owe it to their residents to do whatever it takes to be prepared.

Yet, preparation does not always equal prevention. It is just as important that well planned and thought out storm damage response plans are in place. Microbursts can tear down trees, rip up bushes, and relocate mulch and sod. Thunderstorms can flood roads, lawns, and parking lots at lower elevations and can lead to extensive erosion damage. Snow and ice storms can leave people stranded as roads become increasingly dangerous and impassable. The topography of Forest Hills is also susceptible to landslides, increased flooding, and lost integrity to root systems, which can result in extensive tree and landscape damage. In all of these situations, a swift recovery is necessary to ensure that people are able to get wherever they are going, home or back to work, as soon as possible and as safely as possible.

With one call to The Parke Company, Forest Hills residents can rest easy knowing that their municipality is in good hands. When the winds pick up, we suit up. While the snow or rain falls, we are warming up our equipment. While you are getting off the roads, we are already starting the cleanup process.

Our first and most important goal after any storm is re-establishing and maintaining safe conditions. Therefore, our municipal service teams start by clearing the roads of trees, debris, snow, etc. This also allows for safe passage so that we can get to work cleaning up damage as soon as possible.

From clean roads, we turn to restoration, whatever that entails. Whether it be debris clearing, reapplying sod, shoring up slopes and embankments, or emergency tree removal or trimming services, we have the crew, experience, and equipment to get it done. After severe weather, the people that have been affected have their hands full just trying to pick up the pieces. Our municipal storm damage services are here to lend a helping hand and to assist in your municipality’s storm damage clean up process in any way possible.

Municipal Landscaping Services With The Parke Company

Though we do this incredibly well, we don’t just offer storm damage response and clearing services. From Forest Hills to Nashville, and everywhere in between, we have what it takes to take on your municipal landscaping and tree service projects as well. Though we are experts in the field of private landscaping and tree removal, we are also known for our ability to take on much larger projects.

If your municipality or organization is looking for planting, gardening maintenance, weed control, mowing, or hardscaping services, let our team of professionals work for you. From brush clearing to right-of-way work, storm damage and emergency tree services to bag leaf removal, we have the skills, experience, and equipment to meet your needs. No matter the size, we offer a comprehensive list of municipal services and can tailor these to fit your land improvement or maintenance plan, whatever it might entail.

The Main Difference Between Private and Municipal Landscaping and Storm Response Jobs: Size

Though the customer interaction process is, of course, different, the main difference between a private job and a municipality job is the size. We pride ourselves on maintaining a large and highly trained crew, fleet of vehicles, and enough equipment to take on jobs of any size in a truly timely manner.

The Parke Company is owned and operated by Nashville natives and hires locals who are masters in their field of work. We are personally familiar with all that Mother Nature can throw at Tennessee and how to best respond. Being local not only helps us to better understand what to expect, it also helps us respond more quickly and provides us with a deeply-rooted, vested interested in protecting and maintaining the beautiful landscapes we all live in and love.

Why The Parke Company Is the Go-To Landscaping Company for Municipalities in the Forest Hills Area

Our team of professional, certified landscapers, and arborists have years of experience working with municipalities of all sizes in the Forest Hills and greater Nashville area. We know how to deal with organizations large and small and can operate within any budget. No matter your bureaucratic, financial, or time constraints, our team will work with you to ensure that we get your job done the way you want: in a timely manner and as cost-efficiently as possible.

We have worked with a wide variety of municipalities designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes, and providing emergency and non-emergency landscaping services and storm damage preparation, prevention, and response. Our success has been built upon trust and that trust is built upon open and honest communication. Throughout the consultation, planning, and implementation process, our team of professionals maintains clear and constant lines of communications with the managers, directors, and stakeholders within your organization that have a vested interest in the project. These conversations are always two-way to ensure that your opinions are always considered and that our expertise is coupled with your desire to get the results you are hoping for.

We at The Parke Company, have successfully completed countless municipal projects and provided emergency storm damage response services to many municipalities within the greater Forest Hills and Nashville area. No matter the scope, breadth, or depth of your project, let us put our reputation to work for you and your constituents.

No Matter Your Size or Your Emergency Storm Response, Landscaping, or Tree Service Needs, The Parke Company is Here to Help

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. 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.

Emergency Tree Service in Nashville: How We Will Help You Handle a Bad Situation

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Why Emergency Tree and Landscaping Services Are Necessary For Nashville and the Surrounding Areas

U.S. News & World Report ranked Nashville, Tennessee as the 11th best place
to live in the United States. Having deep roots in Nashville and the surrounding area, The Parke Company fully understands and supports this finding (in fact, we think that we could give the number one place, Austin, Texas, a run for its money). However, along with the historic music scene, extensive culture, winning sports teams, booming job market, and the country’s best barbecue, life in Nashville can also mean extreme weather. Hail, snow, thunderstorms, extreme heat, sustained high winds, and even tornadoes sometimes spring up without warning and have historically dealt serious damage to the area.

These freak storms not only wreak havoc on transportation, agriculture, and your Saturday afternoon family cookout, but they can also cause extensive damage to your property’s landscape and trees. High temperatures can dry out your trees and plants, making them more susceptible to splitting and breakage. The weight of heavy snow can snap trees and limbs and crush plants and shrubs. High winds and tornados can uproot trees, tear off branches, and rip up gardens. Hail can flatten or perforate unprotected leafy plants. Thunderstorms can cause extensive flooding and erosion.

But don’t fret. Much of this can be prevented. See how The Parke Company, and our 30 years of landscape and tree emergency preparation and response services, can help you deal with damages caused by a recent storm or prepare for storms to come.

Tree and Landscaping Services – How The Parke Company Can Help Repair Damages Caused by Severe Weather

As the wind begins to howl, rain and hail pelt your windows and roof. You glance outside at the rapidly darkening clouds. In the instances of illumination caused by lightning strikes, you witness with growing despair the scene of slowly increasing devastation that was your beautifully landscaped lawn, gardens, beds, and trees. The wind has knocked down hanging pots, flipped over lawn furniture, torn up plants, and snapped the old pine tree nearly in half. The torrential rainfall has eroded your sloping beds and is pooling in the low areas of your lawn, slowly undermining the root structure of your prized dogwood trees.

Sound like a nightmare? That’s because it is. However, this nightmare is an unfortunate reality for many people in the Nashville area every year. If you are lucky, you have previously consulted The Parke Company, and together we have developed a strategy to best prepare for and mitigate damages to your property. If not, you could find yourself in the morning, surveying the damages to your landscape and trees, awestruck and unsure of what to do next.

First step: Call the emergency tree and landscape professionals at The Parke Company.

Our landscaping design, building, emergency service team and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborists have years of experience in all aspects of emergency response and will work with you every step of the way. We have the knowledge and know-how to assess your specific damage and develop a recovery plan that best fits your property and budget.

From tree removal and disposal to land and brush clearing, leaf vacuuming to stump grinding, irrigation and tree repair to chipping and mulching, we have the skills and equipment necessary to get your landscape back to normal as fast as possible. Our extensive experience in the Nashville area means we know the weather and the damages it can cause. This also means we know how to best clean up your property and what steps we can take to prevent such damages from happening in future storms.

Unexpected storm damage to your landscape and trees is an unfortunate occurrence that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and helpless. The Parke Company is here to help you through this process as painlessly as possible.

Tree and Landscaping Services – How The Parke Company Can Help You Prepare for Severe Weather

It doesn’t have to be this way. Nashville natives ourselves, we at The Parke Company know that a severe storm can arise out of nowhere and cause extensive and costly damage to your landscape and trees. You most likely have automotive and home insurance to cover damages caused by storms to your vehicles and house. Why not invest in preventative tree services and landscaping services, from The Parke Company, that will reduce or eliminate damages caused by extreme weather?

Our team of landscape professionals and ISA certified arborists has years of experience preparing trees and landscapes for the wide variety of extreme weather that can impact the Nashville area.

No matter your property, through a consultation and individualized preparation plan, we will help you take the necessary steps to best prepare for the upcoming storm season.

First, we will thoroughly inventory your landscape features and trees. Our team will specifically look for ways to make your property more storm-resistant by storm-proofing your trees and plants, mitigating garden hazards, and reducing potential drainage or erosion problems.

We will then develop an individualized, and prioritized, plan for addressing your specific needs. Your plan will include the various tree services (tree pruning, deadwood removal, weight reduction, cabling, or outright tree removal), plant bed alterations, irrigation services (installation, maintenance, and testing), and preparation strategies (such as interior storage spaces for hanging plant and outdoor furniture) that will have the greatest storm-mitigation impact on your property.

Finally, we will work with this prioritized plan and your budget to prepare your property for storms to come. Having seen it all over the past 30 years, we at The Parke Company stand by our assertion that the best way to reduce the negative impact upon your property caused by extreme weather is to be prepared.

The First Step in Storm Damage Mitigation: Call The Parke Company, Nashville’s Premier Landscaping Company, Today

Whether you are faced with an emergency tree removal or want to save yourself money in the long run by taking advantage of our storm preparation services, reach out to our team of local tree and landscaping service professionals today. Together we will develop a comprehensive plan that works within your budget to address your specific needs. With deep roots in Nashville, it is our goal to provide you with the highest-quality service and to be your go-to for all of your landscaping needs. Give us a call or schedule a landscaping service consultation to find out how The Parke Company can help you.

5 Landscaping Tips for a Nashville Winter

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Taking care of your landscaping may be the last thing on your mind during our Nashville winters, but there are preventive and maintenance steps that you should be aware of. The Parke Company, Nashville’s premiere landscaping service and tree service, has five easy tips to get your spring lawn off to a great start.

This winter has been a doozy so far, with temperatures in January fluctuating from 21 degrees to 64 degrees. However, just because there may be frost or snow on the ground does not mean that your landscaping will take care of itself until the real spring thaw.

Winter is Not the Time to Ignore Your Landscaping

With that in mind, we would like to offer up five tips to help your lawn make it through the winter unscathed:

 Discourage people from walking on the grass when there is frost or snow on the ground. Grass, particularly young grass blades, can break from the weight. While typically the grass will recover in spring, we still recommend traffic be kept to a minimum. Make sure your walkways are cleared of snow to discourage people from taking a shortcut across the lawn.

Protect plants from cold, dry winter winds. Frost and dry winds can damage trees, cracking bark and limbs. Needles on evergreen shrubs can be severely damaged and turn an ugly brown. Of special concern are plants with roots near or exposed to the surface. Cover the base of the plant with mulch to provide protection from the wind.

Winter is actually a great time to add to your landscape. The deciduous transplant season begins right after the first hard freeze and continues until the first leaves appear in spring. Transplanting after the plant has gone dormant for the winter provides more time for it to acclimate to its new bed because it’s not pushing new growth.

Do you have crepe myrtles, liriope (monkey grass), or boxwoods? Winter is a good time for pruning these. In fact, you can only prune them while they are dormant. Now is also a good time to put down pre-emergent herbicide to hold down the weeds. In Nashville, we unfortunately have a variety of weeds that thrive during the winter.

Spend some time doing what we do for our clients during the winter season planning. When the warmer weather of spring hits and you feel like anything is possible now that you have survived winter – in other words, you’re on an emotional high – it is the wrong time to order additions to your landscaping. You’ll be happier if you plan out your spring flower additions, tree services, hardscape additions, and any other landscape issues when you have the down time of winter to work with.With a little luck, Nashville will get a thaw in late March and our landscapes will turn green again. Make sure your lawn and plants wake up from the winter snooze in good condition by caring for them during the cold season.

 

Need help planning for spring? Feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss the latest landscaping trends with you.