North Georgia Gardening Tips
31 Mar
2020

Houzz Award Hits Home

The scouts have nothin’ on us. Anyone who was ever a girl scout or boy scout knows the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with earning a merit badge. We get it! This award means we were rated at the highest level of client satisfaction possible by Houzz…and we got a badge!  It’s not..

30 Mar
2020

Wooden You Know: Trellis!

You pull up in the driveway of the magnificent waterfront home, eager to join the others by the lake across the yard. But to get there, you have to follow a worn, muddy trail past the garage and HVAC compressor. Then, once you get there, you happen to catch the view from across the manicured..

23 Mar
2020

I’m OK…You’re Still Pruning

Last October—October 2nd to be exact—we had a little blog chat about pruning. Remember? I was on my annual crusade against general, indiscriminate pruning in late fall, and I promised if you put away the shears and loppers then, the time would come in the spring when it would be okay to bring them out..

20 Feb
2020

Discover Native Groundcovers

When it comes to groundcovers, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Shady, shallow-root areas under tree crowns, where nothing else wants to grow. Steep hillsides and banks, where erosion washes away anything trying to grow, along with the soil and nutrients. No-longer-wanted expanses of lawn, where mowing, thatching, fertilizing and watering don’t make for..

13 Feb
2020

Making a Grand Entrance

Sometimes, function follows form. And there are instances in which outright defiance of fundamental architectural principles leads to the most extraordinary of homes. The gracious home of one of our clients in White County, shown below, is a case in point. Here, the front door—actually a set of French doors—is not the focal point of..

04 Feb
2020

Dentist Adopts Garden Hygiene

My dentist was keeping me in the dark. It wasn’t his dental practice, per se. It was his gardening practices. He had allowed the garden in front of his office to become so unruly and overgrown that the bushes and trees completely blocked the windows—and virtually all the natural light. I offered him a deal: ..

29 Jan
2020

Learn.Grow.Do.Teach

Learn. Grow. Do. Teach. There were plenty of reasons not to do it. I could have easily talked myself out of it. I’m too busy. I haven’t done anything like this in years. It might be too hard. What if I fail? But ultimately, my love of learning and growing in my profession won out,..

13 Jan
2020

While We’re At It…

It’s not unusual for a client to engage us to help with a particular goal, challenge or space and then expand the scope of the project when it becomes apparent that a related project could make the property more enjoyable or functional. This happened with a client I posted about recently, who initially wanted to..

09 Jan
2020

Don’t Be a Fair-Weathered Friend

What’s blooming now? The birds! While the flowers in our Northeast Georgia gardens are down for a long winter’s nap, the birds are carrying the water for Mother Nature when it comes to providing color and kick outdoors. Unfortunately, it’s easy to be fair-weather friends to the loyal avian pals that stick it out with..

08 Jan
2020

Creating an Edgy Garden

Edgy isn’t always where you want to be. You can feel mighty edgy after catching the red-eye from LaGuardia seated next to an unhappy infant. You might not want to wear that edgy outfit at a funeral. But when it comes to lawns and gardens, edgy is almost always a good thing. Edging garden beds..