6 Tips to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

As days get shorter and temperatures drop, many homeowners overlook their lawns’ needs. Unfortunately, winter can be brutal and make it hard for lawns, trees, and shrubs to thrive the following spring. Just like chapped lips and dry skin, plants struggle to find moisture in the winter, too. Symptoms include scorched and dropped leaves, mottling on leaves and even dead leaves and twigs. Dry or frozen soil can prevent plants from replenishing needed water, which can result in winter burn. In addition, when temperatures drop below a plant’s natural tolerance, it can impact their health and vigor and cause them …

In the Garden: Fall Planting for Lilacs

How to Plant and Grow Lilacs Fall is a great time to plan ahead for your spring garden. Lilacs are among the most carefree of all shrubs. Their needs are simple: plenty of sunlight, good drainage, fertile soil, and annual pruning. Choose a planting site carefully and the only care needed is yearly pruning to maintain a nice shape.

Outdoor Kitchen Trends

Outdoor living invariably brings to mind outdoor kitchens, according to industry experts. “They are now ‘must-have’ addition to any home,” says Crystal Watson of Embers Grill and Fireplace Store. Carol Sullivan of The Hearth & Grill Shop says, “What better way to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s weather—even in December last year—than to enjoy outdoor dining?” She adds that with an outdoor kitchen a homeowner can eliminate running in and out of the house with food for guests. “Your outdoor kitchen can be anything you want it to be,” she adds. Watson says, “Some homeowners may add an outdoor kitchen/outdoor bar for …

In The Garden: Roses in the Garden

Roses in the Garden Each year the  National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop, and one edible for the honor of being selected a “Year of the” crop. Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. The organization has declared 2017 the Year of the Rose in recognition of its importance. Part of the Rosaceae family (important for the food supply—think apples, strawberries, etc.)—there are more than 150 species of roses but only a few are used in today’s gardens.

Roses in the Garden

Each year the  National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop, and one edible for the honor of being selected a “Year of the” crop. Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. The organization has declared 2017 the Year of the Rose in recognition of its importance. Part of the Rosaceae family (important for the food supply—think apples, strawberries, etc.)—there are more than 150 species of roses but only a few are used in today’s gardens.

In the Garden: Historic Drought of Fall

Beginning in mid-July 2016 and lasting until late December, Middle Tennessee experienced a historic drought. Many yards in the Nashville area did not receive a drop of rain for 4 months. It was so bad that, while doing excavation work in November, our staff dug to 36 inches before we found any moisture in the soil. None of the vegetation in our area is accustomed to surviving in these brutal conditions. Even if you had an irrigation system running, you may find drought damage on your property this spring. Irrigation is designed to supplement natural rainfall, but not completely take …

Outdoor Living

In the past 15 years, homeowners have taken a new look at their outdoor spaces. Today’s private backyard spaces frequently feature covered living space, outdoor kitchens fitted with appliances similar to those found indoors, and upholstered furniture reminiscent of a living room. Doug Franklin of Lynn’s Patio Shop says, “The new outdoor room is the wow factor of the house. The customer who previously may have come in to purchase furniture to go around the pool is now looking for furniture to go under the roof of their outdoor room.” In the past an outdoor pool may have been open …

In The Garden: Plan Ahead for Fall Seeding

Plan Ahead for Fall Seeding: Fall seeding Imay be the most important news for your fescue lawn, although it may still be summer. But now is the time to make plans for fall aerating and seeding lawns in Middle Tennessee. Seeding is the single most important thing you can do to grow a healthy lawn, and it is completely organic! 

In the Garden: Annual Attraction

Annual Attraction Say “flowers” and most people think “annuals.” Of course there are all kinds of flowering plants for residential landscapes. Perennials, vines, shrubs, trees—they all have flowers. However, it is annuals that win everyone’s heart. For many homeowners they are landscape mainstays. Why do we love them? Let’s count the ways.