common landscape mistakes

7 Common Landscaping Mistakes

Kingsport, TN Whether you are hoping to achieve a beautiful landscape as a do-it-yourselfer, or you are hiring a professional, don’t let your investment go to waste by not following these seven common landscaping mistakes. This advice will help you properly calculate your needs for landscaping, incorporate existing aspects of your yard into your design plan, and how to save …

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Landscaping Fabric and why you Shouldn’t Use It

Kingsport, TN If you have perused the gardening aisle of any plant nursery, you have seen the large rolls of landscaping fabric, also known as weed blocker. Most people assume when planting shrubs, flowers, or a garden that landscaping fabric is a must. However, here’s why you should not use it.  It drains the life out of your soil Soil …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …