North Georgia Gardening Tips
04 Mar
2017

Front Porch Fail – Home Remodeling

Nothing’s more beautiful than a new front porch. And nothing’s worse than a brand new porch that sags because of poor soil compaction. Have you ever filled a hole with dirt and then noticed later that the dirt in the hole is lower than the surrounding ground? That’s soil compaction. If poor soil compaction happens..

04 Mar
2017

Low Down on Mulch – Gardening Care

Low-Down on Mulch Mulch is a favorite because it unifies the overall look of landscaping and promotes healthy plant growth. When properly applied, mulch suppresses weeds and helps the soil retain water. It also insulates plants’ roots, cooling them in the summer and warming them in the winter. Here are some things to think about..

04 Mar
2017

Backyard Landscape Transformation

A backyard landscape makeover starts with a property owner that has lots of local rock. The owner of a Shenandoah Valley farmhouse in Virginia wanted to update landscape elements on his property. Luckily, his neighbor happened to have lots of local lime stone from a dilapidated ice house. Here you can see the pile of..

04 Mar
2017

Landscape Design: Is Leyland Cypress Your Best Bet for Privacy?

Gardeners who want to hide an undesirable view, create privacy, or add curb appeal often use the fast-growing Leyland cypress in their landscapes­. This popular tree grows two to three feet a year and creates a thick hedge of limbs and leaves. But the Leyland cypress may not be your best choice for screening, because..

04 Mar
2017

Backyard Living Space Ideas: Think Like A Designer

Beautiful landscaping begins with attention to basic principles of design. Elements should work in harmony to create a garden space that meets your needs. Interestingly, interior and exterior designers work with the same 3 basic planes. The most important is the base plane, or the floor. Second is the vertical plane, or walls. Last, but..

04 Mar
2017

Garden Walls Done Right

Garden walls have been used for centuries and can be an elegant, functional addition to your landscape design. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, a well-built retaining wall can prevent erosion, define elements of your landscape, and add to your home’s curb appeal. In this post, we’ll look at the types of walls used in landscaping and..

04 Mar
2017

Great Native Perennials for North Georgia

Spring is a great time to plant perennials. The hearty native plants on our Top 5 list enhance curb appeal, add fresh color to backyard landscapes, and complement your favorite outdoor living spaces. Suzanne from Art of Stone has selected these varieties because they thrive in sunny sites (where the sun shines from at least..

04 Mar
2017

Fresh Landscaping Idea: Grow a Mediterranean Herb Garden

Your garden is a great place for you to grow Mediterranean herbs. Georgia’s climate is a good fit for Mediterranean herbs, like sage, oregano, and thyme. These plants love hot, dry conditions with plenty of sun, so they can thrive in Georgia’s long, hot summers–as long as you plant them in well-drained soils. This post..

04 Mar
2017

Rock Gardening With Stone Gravity Walls

“Masonry is an art form. Creating stonework is like putting a puzzle together without a picture.” ~Jason the Mason Gravity retaining walls have been built since ancient times because they are functional and beautiful additions to any landscape. Whether gravity walls are made of stone or concrete, the basic principle behind them is simple: gravity..