Outdoor Living

  Outdoor Living The move of expanding indoor space to the outdoors continues to grow. As part of that trend is the creation of more private areas that are room-like, complete with kitchens and fireplaces, according to Lori Pruitt of Summer Classics Home. Today’s requirements for outdoor spaces are just about the same as those for indoor spaces, according to Gail Adkins of Change-Magic. “We need comfortable seating, adequate surfaces for food and drinks, and good lighting. And if space isn’t covered, then colorful umbrellas are essential,” Adkins says. “Since people are using their outdoor spaces for entertaining, comfort and …

Trees for Tennessee: What you need to know

Tennessee is a wonderful place for trees! Bloom colors of yellow, white, pinks, and purples begin in early spring followed by the lush green of tall canopy trees. Native evergreens provide shelter year around for much of our wildlife. Many cultivars, native and borrowed from other countries, grow well in the Nashville area. Trees are an investment in the future and sometimes live for hundreds of years, so there are a few things you need to consider. Planting time: In Middle Tennessee, fall, winter, and early spring are good times to plant. Wintertime conditions vary in our area. A few …

In the Garden: Trees for Tennessee

Trees for Tennessee: What you need to know Tennessee is a wonderful place for trees! Bloom colors of yellow, white, pinks, and purples begin in early spring followed by the lush green of tall canopy trees. Native evergreens provide shelter year around for much of our wildlife. Many cultivars, native and borrowed from other countries, grow well in the Nashville area.

In The Garden: Spring Bulbs

Bulbs: Invest Now for a Beautiful Spring Display Nothing says “spring” quite like the emergence of daffodils!  I love how their cheerful yellow faces banish the gloom of winter and announce the hopefulness of sunshine and warmer weather. Although it may be difficult to think spring when the holidays are right around the corner, now is the time to plant these harbingers of spring:  tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinth and grape hyacinths.

Bulbs: Invest Now for a Beautiful Spring Display

Nothing says “spring” quite like the emergence of daffodils!  I love how their cheerful yellow faces banish the gloom of winter and announce the hopefulness of sunshine and warmer weather. Although it may be difficult to think spring when the holidays are right around the corner, now is the time to plant these harbingers of spring:  tulips, daffodils, crocuses, hyacinth and grape hyacinths. When to plant? Now is the time! To bloom well, spring-flowering bulbs need a cooling period of 12-16 weeks. In the Nashville area, bulbs should be planted in November/December after cold weather is here to stay. I …

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch?

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch? Mulch has gone beyond being useful, to being its own element in the landscape, adding health and beauty to the garden when done properly. The purpose of mulching is to cover the roots of a plant with something to hold in moisture and prevent erosion, to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter, to reduce weed growth, and to possibly add nutrients to the soil (depending on what is used).

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch?

What’s All the Fuss About Mulch? Mulch has gone beyond being useful, to be its own element in the landscape, adding health and beauty to the garden when done properly. The purpose of mulching is to cover the roots of a plant with something to hold in moisture and prevent erosion, to keep the roots cool in summer and warm in winter, to reduce weed growth, and to possibly add nutrients to the soil (depending on what is used). Mulch can be applied in any season and should be installed at least once a year. Some homeowners mulch every six …

Porch Living

“Most people love the outdoor experience, especially when it is easy and comfortable to enjoy,” says David Buffington of Brentwood Interiors. Covered porches are a favored way to enjoy the outdoor world, he says. Overhead shelter makes an outdoor space easier to maintain. Rain isn’t as much of an issue, and it is easier to furnish such a space with deep cushions, deep colors, electronics, and more. “The popularity of outdoor living has fueled the increased availability of stylish outdoor fabrics and rugs,” says Buffington. “Synthetic fabrics have been used for a long time, but today’s fabrics are softer and …

Outdoor Living

Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of your home’s interior space, locallyy0. It serves as a place for entertaining as well as a private sanctuary. “We are seeing many elements in outdoor living spaces that were once relegated to interior space, such as rugs, upholstered seating, pillows, distressed and painted tables, and lamps,” says Sharon Sloan a design partner with Legend Homes. Terry Lawrence with P.M. Lighting, Inc., says homeowners want to extend their time outdoors to make the most of their outdoor living areas. “Professionally designed outdoor lighting systems offer clients a warm and inviting way to entertain …

Planning for Drought – Oakleaf Hydrangea

For years the experts have been telling us about the benefits of using native plants in our yards and gardens. Native plants are those that occur naturally in a regional area. Native species have evolved over time to thrive with biological and physical factors specific to their regions such as soil, climate, and rainfall. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife and help to restore regional landscapes. They generally thrive with the least care and create a sense of place.\ Using native plants promotes wise stewardship of the land and conservation for our natural areas. Native species are …