Tips for Maintaining Trees in Tennessee

5 Basic Gardening & Landscaping Tips That Every Pro Should Know

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Becoming a good landscaper or gardener comes with knowing a few basic principles in order to set a firm foundation.

These principles allow you to visualize a project in your mind and fill out the entire process all the way to the end when you get to finally enjoy your work of art. When you can spot the best places for plants to thrive, you know that you are truly developing the professional eye.

Here at the 5 basic principles that every landscaper or gardener should be strongly familiar with. The best place to start a landscaping endeavor is your own home, so you don’t have to worry about messing anything up while you are still learning.

#1.) Consider the entire space of a yard and brainstorm all the possibilities.

When looking at a yard, it’s best to take every angle into consideration. Brainstorming different ideas and solutions will give you different perspectives, and more options which is good for when you start working on other people’s homes.

Now is the best time to work on changing the features you don’t like, and a great way to test your remodeling skills.

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How to Add Rocks to Your Landscaping

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Rocks are a great way to add some color and aesthetics to your garden. With a variety of colors, shapes, textures, and sizes, there are a variety of rocks that are available for a variety of gardens and landscaping.

Not only are rocks a quick way to spice up your garden, but their inorganic characteristic gives them the capability to last much longer than mulch.

Now that you are more familiar with some of the advantages of adding rocks to your landscaping, this article will show you how to make the installation. It may take a little longer than installing traditional mulch, but the results will pay for themselves in the end.

#1. First things first, you need to measure the area you want to use to see how many rocks you are going to need. You can mark the areas with a garden hose, spray paint, or rope that are all designed specifically for lawns.

#2. Using a spade, design a rough edge while you push the blade a few inches into the ground.

#3. Now it’s time to remove the turf from the area you plan to use. If you need to remove any weeds from the area, I suggest smothering them with an herbicide, spade, till, or sod-cutter.

#4. Start removing the soil until you reach a level that will hold your stones. So, if you are using smaller rocks such as pea gravel you will want to leave about 4-6 inches to allow for settling. For larger rocks such as boulders, you want to remove the soil to around 1/4 of the rock’s depth.

#5. Pack down the soil in the area so that the rocks will have a firmer surface to sit on. Sometimes rocks will settle faster than you may think.

#6. In order to prevent weeds from growing through your rocks, use cardboard or newspapers. This will cut off their supply to sunlight and make it much harder for them to germinate.

#7. Now it’s time to add your rocks. Start pouring them in from the bottom on a slope, in the middle, or on level ground, and work your way out. To ensure smooth surface and remove any highs and lows, rake the rocks as you are adding them.

#8. Finally, rinse off the rocks when the job is completed to remove dust and fine sand.

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the view of the fine project you have just completed.

Preserving Trees in Tennessee

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Tennessee is filled with beautiful scenery that stretches from one end of the state to the other. The many majestic mountains and historical sites all over the state are dashed with trees of all types; many being recognizable and identifiable. There are many common know trees in the state of Tennessee such as ash, chestnut, elm, redwoods, cyprus, and black walnut.

For a list of all of the native trees in Tennessee, check out this list.

Obviously, most of Tennessee was made of purely forests before much settlement took place, and many of these same trees are still standing to this day. You can look all around the great big state and see trees of all types.

Now yes, we are living in much more modern times, but we need to always keep these great species of trees in mind and let them still stand. While there are a great number of trees still standing in many areas like the Great Smokey Mountains, which by the way is one of the greatest, most beautiful destinations in all of the country, let alone Tennessee, there are many trees that are being torn down to make room for more advancements.

As a nature enthusiast and lover/preserver of the environment, I firmly believe that we should be replacing some of the trees that are being torn down. Most may call me crazy but I don’t care. We as humans depends on the environment to survive and we should be giving it the respect that it deserves. While it may be necessary to tear down many trees to make more room in certain areas for improvements, it is unnecessary to take away large numbers of trees for the cause. Rant over.

The point? We could all stand to plant a tree here and there to preserve our great state (and all areas throughout the United States) for future generations. Isn’t this the least we could do to give back to the environment after all that we have take from it?

What’s that you say? Natural selection?

I say, too bad. Leave more trees alone.

Preserve more trees in Tennessee!

Video Tutorial: How to Build a Garden on a Slope

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Garden beds are beautiful but when you have a slope where you want to put them, it may seem impossible to find a way to make it work. The good news is that there are many ways to actually make a garden bed sit well on a slope, with a little time invested and creativity.

But is it really worth it to install a garden bed on a slope? The answer to that is up to you however, we will say that it can have an advantage. When garden beds a South-facing, it provides them with better growing conditions and the ideal amount of exposure, not to mention can make it easier for water to flow through instead of drowning your beds.

When water does flow through it can remove valuable soil and other amendments, which is why garden beds are a great solution. Even better, they hold up well, require hardly any maintenance, and can last for years. Using stakes or other flimsier tools are ok for temporary solutions but can rot over time due to weather conditions. The following video will show you the easiest way to install a garden bed when you are dealing with a slope.

It doesn’t take a professional to make good-looking garden beds for slopes and in fact, is a project that can be done alone.

This is a cheap and easy way to add a little color to your yard and hone your landscaping skills for other projects. This may be a task that takes a little more time for beginners, but with the video tutorial there should be a clear layout of the exact steps that need to be taken and what materials to use.

We hope that you can utilize this video to build a sloped garden bed of your own and will have fun while doing it. After all, landscaping should be fun. If not, you may be better off hiring a professional.

Keep on the lookout for a part 2 to this post where we plan to provide an actual written out tutorial with more detailed instructions – coming to a computer near you within a week or two.

What is the Cost of Stump Grinding?

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stumpremovalStump grinding will come at the cost of time or money, depending on whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional. Either way there will be work and equipment involved to get it done and taken care of for good. This guide will help you determine which option will work best for you, so you can feel more informed in your decision making process.

Whether you hire someone to cut down your tree or you have done it yourself, the stump is left behind to just sit in your way. You can choose to leave it be, take care of the grinding yourself, or hire a professional to take care of everything for you.

Overall Costs

Stump grinding costs can vary by stump size and the amount of stumps you need handled.

The average cost for hiring a professional for stump grinding in Nashville is $100-$1,000, while the cost of renting a machine and doing it yourself can range anywhere from $75-$400.

Professionals charge by the diameter at an average of $3, and have a minimum of at least $100. If you have only a few stumps this may be a viable option for you but if your stump numbers start getting in the double digits, you will be looking at closer to $1,000 for professional stump grinding services. Some companies will even charge by the hour when there are large amounts of stumps to clear.

The most common way companies charge is by the stump, which can usually start at $100-$200 followed by a possible discount on each stump after. This of course depends on which company you decide to go with. Some companies will have the option to do a flat rate.

For the Do-it-Yourselfers

If you decide that you want to take care of the stump grinding yourself, you can expect to pay anywhere from $75-$400 for rentals. If you only want the rental for half a day you may pay up to $150 but if you need it for an entire day then the cost can go up to $400.

To Rent or to DIY?

If you aren’t yet sure whether you should hire a professional to take care of your stumps or whether you want to take matters into your own hands, consider a comparison of the costs and time it will take to complete the job.

In the end, only you can decide what is best for your home and budget. Now that you have the proper information, you can make a more well-informed decision and shop around for the best deals in the Nashville and it’s surrounding cities.

Tree Care Mistakes to Learn From

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Tree care can be challenging if you aren’t sure what you are doing. Trimming and removal can be hazardous to your safety without the proper tools, procedures, and knowledge of what you are doing.

We wanted to do something different here on NTT today by posting the video below that shares some tree care mistakes that you don’t want to ever make. If you have ever performed a tree service on your own or plan to do so sometime in the future, this video may be a helpful precaution that provides details on what you want to avoid doing.

Hopefully you will never encounter the same problems the next time you need to perform a tree removal or trimming job on your own.

If you have never done a job like this before and are skeptical about what to do but don’t want to hire a professional, do a detailed search on the web about the processes. There are plenty of detailed guides on the web lately and videos just like the one above that give detailed enough instructions to get the job done yourself in a safe and secure manner.

What is the Cost of Tree Removal in Nashville?

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Tree removal costs can vary from state to state, and cost more or less depending on a variety of factors including tree size, health condition, and age.

When a tree becomes ill or damaged, removal can sometimes be the best option. Maintaining trees that have become ill can be costly to routinely treat and could continue for longer than you may want. Sometimes, removing the tree and starting fresh can be the best option if you still want a tree in a particular place.

Tree removal can be dangerous depending on how badly a tree may be damaged, the size of the tree, and the area it’s placed in. For example, some trees can be in close corners with buildings which can pose a risk of the tree causing damage. But what other types of conditions can cause disease for trees?

Most Common Diseases Affecting Trees in Nashville

Two common diseases that residents and business owners should look out for are emerald ash borer and thousand cankers disease, which began showing up in Eastern Tennessee first.

The emerald ash borer is a green beetle that infect and kill ash trees, while cankers is a fungal infection that can affect trees within a few years. If these are not spotted early on, the tree’s chances of death are much more likely as the infection can grow more severe over time.

The droughts that occurred in Nashville over the past few years have caused many new diseases from pests that have made the area their new home, so be sure to stay on the lookout for them.

Tree Removal Cost in Nashville

Nashville is known more for it’s country music other than it’s trees, which only make up for 47% of the area.

If you are looking to have a tree removed in Nashville, you can expect to be quoted somewhere in the range of $559 to $797, with the average price being $648.

A maximum cost you may expect to pay can go all the way up to $1,300, with a minimum cost of $200. Again, these prices greatly depend on the size of the tree, health condition, and age.

When Is the Best Time to Remove a Tree?

In Nashville, the best time to remove a tree is in October or November, right before Winter begins. This is the period of time when trees sleep, making them easier to uproot from the ground in the Spring.

If you prefer to have your tree cut, trimmed, maintained, or pruned instead, this time of the year is also ideal because of the lesser risk of infection and/or disease. Having your tree removed at this time of the year is also optimal because the tree will grow back slower due to the fact that it will lie dormant during the entire Winter.

Hiring a Tree Service in Mount Juliet, TN

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In the majority of states there are many locations that are home to tree service providers, especially in Nashville and Mt. Juliet, TN. In these locations along with the other surrounding areas, it can sometimes be difficult to know which service provider to select when there are so many available to choose from. On this website, we like to bring you the best information for finding the best Mount Juliet tree service in the area for you, so here are some of the top things you should look for during your search.

Due Diligence

When searching for a trusted company to provide tree trimming, removal, or any other form of service, it’s important to do your due diligence. This includes the following:

    • Check for reviews on trusted local business directories like Angie’s List and Yelp, and social media sites like Facebook and Google plus. Top rated companies should have at least one review on at least one of these authority sites.
    • Make sure the company is licensed and insured to perform tree trimming and removal services. If something happens during the process and they company isn’t insured, you as the homeowner could be held responsible if the occurrence is on your property.
    • Research the company to see how long they have been in business, how many employees they have, and how many jobs they take on average. This could be a good indication of how well they may work with you.

Choosing a Mount Juliet Tree Service

When there are more than a handful of legitimate looking tree companies in the area to choose from, how do you decide which one is the best for your needs?

If you have done all of your due diligence and have narrowed it down to a select few that met your specific qualifications, try calling each of them to see how quickly they answer the phone, if they even do at all, and how well they treat you over the phone. This is a great indicator of how you will be treated during treatment and how they operate as professionals overall.

Follow these suggestions and you can find the best tree trimming, pruning, and removal services in Mount Juliet for you. There can be tons of tree services in the area but not all of them will be the same, or in some cases nowhere near the same. Doing the proper research can end up saving you lots of time and frustration no to mention, make the difference in the quality of work that needs to be done.

Tree Cutting Tips and Techniques

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Cutting down a tree can be dangerous, especially when a tree has lived for dozens of years. Hiring a professional tree cutter is the safest means of tree removal but if you choose to do the deed yourself, the following tips will help you take down a tree more smoothly.

Before you begin, there are a few pieces of equipment you will need to get the job done right.

#1. Safety First: Grab yourself a pair of handy dandy safety glasses to keep your eyes protected from the line of fire and while you’re at it, grab some leg protectors or a pair of sturdy work boots. Sometimes, chainsaws can run into knots in a tree which cause them to come out of the tree and into your leg so you want to keep protected.

#2. Chainsaw: A chainsaw will be your most important tool, and should have a horsepower of at least 3.5 and a 20 inch bar. The bar is an indication of how deep the blade can penetrate, and 20 inches is generally enough for cutting down most trees.

#3. Test Rope: The final tool you need to acquire is a 1,000 lb rope to be used as a safety backup in case there are any problems.

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5 Easy Landscaping Add-Ons for Your Lawn

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Have you been wanting to make some updates to your yard to gain more curb appeal, but don’t want to spend a lot of time of money in the process to make the changes?

In today’s post, I wanted to cover some simple ideas you can use to make some quick and easy adjustments to the outside your home with landscaping. Better yet, they are inexpensive, yet highly effective.

1.) Plants

Plants, shrubs, and flowers are a great way to brighten up all surroundings, and can be easier to install than you may think. A simple way to plant these are to line them up vertically and not too close nor far apart.

Before choosing a type of plant, tree, bush, or flower for the outside of your home, do a little research to see which types of plants will function best in the area in which you live.

2.) Lights

Not only does lighting add a friendly touch to your home, they help with safety and setting the mood for your home. And if you decide to take advantage of planting a tree or flowers, lights are a great way to illuminate your landscaping at night, so your work can be on display 24/7.

You can find a variety of lighting at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, and of course on many websites online.

3.) Walkways

Most homes have walkways of some shape or kind. Many stand alone, without being surrounded by plants, gravel, or other form of landscape design. If this is what your walkway looks like at the moment, consider adding a few plants, some mulch, or even some lighting to either or both sides.

And if you don’t care to spend some money:

4.) Decks and Patios

Adding a deck or even a patio to the back of your home can be a great touch that offers a great space for get togethers and parties. They can even be a solid place to relax and sunbathe on a sunny day.

You could even create a screened in patio, which is beneficial if you have animals that want to be outside.

5.) Fences

Speaking of furry friends, a fence is another way to keep them in the yard, but still allows them to get their time outside.

Fences are also a good way to obtain privacy from your neighbors, not to mention add value to your home.