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.

Keep or Cut: Guide to Setting a Whole-Property Vision for your Trees


When it comes to large landscaping projects like extensive tree removal, it is important to take the time necessary to plan before taking action. Cutting down a tree, or multiple trees, on your property can have many benefits, but it can also have many long-lasting negative effects. Pros and cons aside, once the tree is gone it can take years, even decades, to replace it.

All Tree Removal Projects Should Start with Comprehensive Planning

To keep or to cut? That is the question. The permanence of these decisions requires that they not be taken lightly. When deciding whether or not to remove a tree, or multiple trees, from your landscape, we recommend reaching out to the trusted professionals at The Parke Company. Our landscaping design and tree service team and ISA certified arborists have years of experience in all aspects of the profession and will work with you every step of the way. We can help you best plan for and carry out the installation or removal of trees and stumps. Our goal is not to make the decision for you, but to provide you with a planning service that addresses your specific questions and is patented to your specific needs. If you do decide to move forward on your project, our goal is to provide a service that exceeds your expectations and keeps you coming back year after year. Our goal is to serve our community by becoming your go-to for tree and landscaping services in the Nashville area. Our goal is to help you achieve your goal. To facilitate this, we have listed below some of the common “pros” and “cons” of tree removal.

Some of the Possible Benefits of Tree Removal

More Space and Light

Removal of trees, especially of older trees with large trunks and canopies, opens up your property to an increase in space and light. If you have a small backyard or a yard that is permanently shaded, you may be amazed by how the removal of a few carefully selected trees can drastically improve your landscape. Similarly, if you have any outdoor living spaces, such as a porch or a patio, intentional tree removal may dramatically improve these spaces and extend their usage (early and later each day, earlier in spring and later into the fall season).

Tree and Plant Health

Tightly packed trees, or trees that are competing for space, not only block the light from other trees and plants, but they can also grow unnaturally and take on an unkempt or unhealthy appearance. Similarly, certain trees require lots of water and can end up stealing water from surrounding plants or trees. Tree removal can thus provide an opening for the remaining trees to grow in a more beautiful and natural way and can relieve the water stress placed on other plants.

Trees Can Be Dangerous

Due to age, heavy snow, or strong winds, trees, branches, or limbs can fall on your home, automobiles, power lines, or landscape features causing catastrophic damage or even death. Even trees and branches that do not fall may rub up against your home, potentially causing damage to your home’s exterior and roof. Trees within falling distance of your home should be thoroughly inspected often to ensure that they are in good health. However, good health does not guarantee safety.

Trees Can Be Expensive

Even beyond the previously mentioned watering and upkeep costs, trees will shed branches, limbs, leaves, needles, and bark. All of these can create a mess and cost money to clean up. Furthermore, dripping sap can be an incredible nuisance and can cost irreversible damage to your home’s (or car’s) exterior.

Some of the Possible Negative Consequences of Tree Removal

Unforeseen Damage to Your Landscape’s Ecosystem

Plants rely on each other in a wide-variety of ways that scientists are still just beginning to understand. Your backyard is a system of complex interactions between the plants and animals that live there. Cutting down a tree, or multiple trees, can dramatically alter the light and moisture levels, as well as the soil pH and mineral composition. Furthermore, removal of native trees in particular may increase the chances of insect infestations. Native trees have a better chance of attracting native wildlife such as birds that will reduce insect numbers. Additionally, abrupt changes can weaken the remaining plants, making them more susceptible to pests. Finally, tree root systems help to maintain the integrity of your land. If a tree is removed and the roots die, steep slopes or areas near shorelines or riverbanks can become increasingly susceptible to erosion. Some of these changes happen quickly, others may take a long time, but all of them will impact your landscape.

Unforeseen Loss of Your Landscape’s Visual Harmony

It’s hard to imagine what your landscape will look like without a feature as important and prominent as a tree. Even the removal of one tree can dramatically change the composition of your backyard and skyline. Removal of multiple trees could create a landscape that feels desolate or empty, especially if you have always had trees in your backward.

Expensive, Irreplicable Change

Tree removal in itself is normally an easy and inexpensive procedure, but stump grinding or stump removal can be costly and time-consuming. Adding insult to injury, if you later decide that you wish you had not removed the tree or trees, there’s not much you can do. Bringing in full-grown trees is incredibly expensive and sometimes impossible. Therefore, if you have removed a tree that you wish you hadn’t, often the only option is to wait until a newly planted sapling grows to fill the space. This could take decades.

On the bright side, in addition to tree and stump removal, The Parke Company offers on-site mulching services that can decrease costs and increase the nutrient and moisture levels of your soil and the beauty of your backyard.

Additional Tree Services

Sometimes the appropriate decision to make is not one of the obvious choices. If cutting is too drastic, yet you are unhappy with the current state of the trees in your landscape, we have additional options for you.

Perhaps your trees just need to be trimmed. Tree trimming can offer many of the same benefits as tree removal without the permanence or the hassle of deciding what to do with the stubborn and unsightly stumps and root systems.

Maybe you require additional tree services. From removal to trimming, pruning to crown thinning, cabling and bolting to weight reduction, The Parke Company has the experience to assess your current situation and develop a plan that best fits your landscape vision.

If you have decided to go ahead with the removal process, but do not like the final results; or if your landscape feels empty as it is, we can help you make decisions around which trees grow the fastest and are the best suited for your specific landscape geography and desires.

A History and Reputation We Stand Behind

No matter what you decide, we are honored to be a part of the decision-making process. 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, 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.

3 Landscaping Alternatives to Regular Ol’ Grass

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The American lawn is a proud tradition. There’s nothing prettier and more satisfying than a verdant carpet of healthy turf beneath your bare feet. But if you’ve had a lawn for more than a season, you know how difficult it is to grow perfect grass.

In Nashville, the situation is especially troublesome. Wet, cold winters and scorching summers combine (with a little help from clay-heavy soil) to produce lawns that are less than luscious.

If you’ve been continually frustrated with the quality of your lawn, you should know that there are alternatives for you. Green grass lawns, it turns out, are pretty inconvenient for everyone. Not only that, they require huge amounts of water and fertilizer to support, both depleting the soil and contributing to chemical fertilizer pollution in the water table. What’s more, lawns don’t do anything. If you want your property to earn its keep, or at least be less demanding, the Parke Company has three alternatives for you to consider.

Gardens. In nature, an open patch of grass would eventually turn into a forest, given adequate water and sun. Grasses would grow long, putting down roots that pull nutrients from deeper in the soil. This would improve the soil and make it a habitable place for shrub and tree seeds to grow. With time, forestation would be the natural result.

We don’t want our lawns to become overgrown, but preserving them in the juvenile grass state is a constant struggle. Turning your front yard into a garden will eliminate this problem, and also create beauty and food for you to enjoy. You can create flower gardens, herb gardens, fruit tree plots, or vegetable gardens. You don’t have to get rid of all your grass, either. Reducing grass area for gardens will mean far less lawn upkeep, as well as more manageable water and fertilizer requirements.

Non-Living Landscaping Elements. Who says a lawn has to be covered in finicky, helpless grass? Stones, ponds and other non-living landscaping elements are a classic way to make a maintenance-free yard that’s also beautiful to look at and spend time in.

Combination Living/Non-Living Landscaping. If you don’t want to get rid of all of your grass, why not opt for ambitious landscaping? The Parke Company can create amazing landscaping out of Perennial shrubs and trees which will require little maintenance, in the midst of stones, ground-cover, or mulch beds.

Combining large areas of the above with smaller patches of grass will make your lawn both impressive and easy to maintain. Landscaping is an investment, but it will save you lots of time and money in the long run (not to mention saving you the trouble of pushing around a lawnmower on a July afternoon).
The Parke Company can create any landscaping idea you can concoct. If you’re tired of unappreciative grass that takes your hard work and doesn’t give anything back, it’s time to replace it with more modern lawn design. If you’ve got questions about how this could work for your Nashville home or property, get in touch with the Parke Company today.

Choosing the Best Landscaping Elements for Your Rental Property

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When most people hear the word “landscaping” they think of plants and natural design elements that fit their own personal preferences. Many of the projects that the Parke Company takes part in are to implement the elements of someone’s personal vision – often in the land that surrounds the house in which they live.

For some clients, landscaping isn’t meant to appeal to personal preferences, it is used to created for the enjoyment of other people. When you own a rental home, every investment you make in the property has to be installed with a tenant in mind. In most cases, issues like cabinet colors or bathroom fixtures have to do with home interiors.

For many potential renters, the exterior of the house is most important. Beautifully landscaped houses sell (and rent) themselves. Quality landscaping creates a great first impression, no matter who is viewing your home. To make your home attractive to the widest swath of potential tenants, it’s important to make landscaping a priority.

Choose Landscaping Elements that Require Little Upkeep. There are many landscaping elements – plants, trees, and the like – which will look beautiful with very little effort. Unless your renter is a committed gardener, chances are she doesn’t want to have to care for plants (or watch them die because of lack of care). The Parke Company can help you maintain landscaping elements, or give you the knowledge you need to keep your plants healthy with little effort.

Eliminate Existing Eyesores. If you have an old stump or a dead tree in the front yard of your rental property, it may have been sitting there so long that you don’t even notice it anymore. This doesn’t mean that other people don’t notice it. If you want to increase the rentability of your property, have the Parke Company take away your old, dead trees and such. This will make your new landscaping all the more effective.


Add a Little Pizazz. There are many hearty trees and shrubs which flower at various points of the year. These can be a welcome addition to your rental property landscape.

Watch Out for Pollinators. Helpful hint: Don’t choose flowering plants that will create a lot of pollen! Many potential renters suffer from allergies, and may not consider your home if it’s surrounded by aggressive pollinators.

Go For Broad Appeal. When creating a landscaping design, create something that will appeal to 90% of people. If you want to create your own personal Garden of Eden, do it on the property where you live. Something simple and classic will likely work best for your rental market, and will make the most sense in terms of cost as well.

Quality landscaping can take an average home and make it irresistible to potential tenants. Don’t just focus on the interior elements of your property. The outdoors should be just as attractive to future renters. If you’re having trouble renting your property, talk to the Parke Company about upping the ante on the home’s exterior landscaping design.