soften your landscape with hardscape

Soften your Landscape with Hardscaping

Kingsport, TN When it comes to its role in landscape design, hardscaping can often be misunderstood. Well-chosen hardscaping additions can actually help soften a landscape by adding curves, whimsy, or creating a sense of motion. What is hardscape? Hardscapes are incorporated into a landscaping design and may include a patio, deck, fence, decor, pavers, retaining walls, and more. The right …

i want my grass to be green again

I Want my Grass to be Green Again

Kingsport, TN Nothing is more beautiful than a lush, green lawn that you can call your own. Homeowners take much pride in pouring their hard work and sweat into maintaining a green lawn. However, it is no surprise that magnificent lawns do not maintain themselves but come with much effort involved, sometimes even daunting at times. With constant changes in …

what do landscapers know about drought

What do Landscapers Know About Drought?

Kingsport, TN We are all too familiar with California’s drought problem. For the first time, last year, the Governor of California issued a statewide mandate for residents to reduce their water consumption by 25%, which means, watering the lawn if the first thing to go! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans use 30-60% of water usage for watering their …

blooming shrubs for spring

Blooming Shrubs for a Colorful Spring!

Kingsport, TN As warmer weather approaches and flowers are in bloom, it is time to start thinking about planning your outdoor landscape. Shrubs are a great way to fill in large spaces, especially around your home, walkways, or porch. Plus, certain species can add a splash of color to your garden. Shrubs can often vary in color but here are …

Mowing the Lawn, do it Yourself or Hire a Service?

Kingsport, TN Deciding whether to mow your own lawn or hire a service is a common question many people ask themselves. If you find yourself in this predicament, here are a few points to consider which decision would be best for you.  Initial Investment Purchasing the necessary equipment to mow and manicure your lawn can be quite an investment. A …

bring tropicals to your landscape

Bring Tropicals to your Landscape

Kingsport, TN Are you ready to get tropical? Many residents of East Tennessee can do just that with their garden or outdoor landscape. The latest plant hardiness map released by the USDA in 2012 places Kingsport, Johnson City, and the I-81 corner between the Tri-Cities and Knoxville, in Zone 7A. Why does that matter? Zone 7 is considered the outside …

winterizing your sprinkler system

Tips on Winterizing Sprinkler System

Kingsport, TN When winter arrives, and temperatures dip below freezing, the cold weather can do serious damage to your sprinkler system. A little preparation can go a long way, so here are some handy tips to winterize your sprinkler system. Problems in the sprinkler system during the winter stem from having water in the lines, so the best thing you …

winterizing outdoor furniture

Winterizing Your Outdoor Furniture

Kingsport, TN There is still plenty of time left to enjoy the outdoors before the brutal winter temperatures hit. Although some outdoor furniture is made to withstand the changing elements, here are some tips to protecting this investment so that you can enjoy it for years to come. Metal Aluminum furniture is quite durable but still requires some care and …

why you need a firepit

Why you Need an Outdoor Fire Pit

Kingsport, TN There is something about the crisp fall air and a bonfire that go hand in hand this time of year. Usually, people associate that combination with camping, but did you know that you could enjoy them both while having the comforts of your home nearby? With a custom-made fire pit you can do just that; so who says …

wild parsnip

Wild Sap That Can Eat Away Your Skin

Kingsport, TN You probably know about poison ivy, oak, and sumac but did you know there is another fairly common plant that is just as perilous for the uninformed? Wild Parsnip is a poisonous weed that grows in nearly each of the 50 states in the U.S. Wild Parsnip is yellow and typically can grow as high as 4 feet …