North Georgia Gardening Tips
05 Aug
2020
pink muhli grass

The Green, Green (& Other Colors!) Grasses of Home

What do Dean Martin, Porter Wagoner and Joan Baez have in common? They all were among dozens of musicians who recorded Claude “Curly” Putman Jr.’s iconic song The Green, Green Grass of Home. The song is a total tear-jerker, but its popularity was no doubt due at least partly to the deep emotional associations so..

05 Aug
2020
Teal fountain and grasses

How to Make a Splash with a Simple Fountain

Our client had a lovely, traditional, brick home in Dawsonville, GA.  The home had some interesting architectural features, including unique stone accents across the front façade and elegant copper gutters and downspouts. But those special details were lost in the view from the curb. They receded into the background because there was nothing to draw..

21 Jul
2020
Initial landscape design concept

Landscape Design Process Brings Creative Visions to Life

If you haven’t worked with a landscape design company before, the design process may seem a little mysterious. Maybe that’s because every project is unique. All kinds of factors—from the size of the job to whether additional professionals or trades need to be brought in—play into what the experience will be like. Adding a flagstone..

09 Jul
2020
Japanese-Beetles

Best Pest Management Strategy is Often Doing Nothing

A friend recently told me about an experience she had years ago as a budding, would-be gardener. Creating a pathway through a pretty strip of meadow on her then-rural, Gwinnett County property, she managed to get a nasty case of poison ivy. The next day, armed with pruning shears, she located and cut to the..

01 Jul
2020
Block retaining wall in Hiawassee

Drainage Solutions Prevent Rain Damage

Maybe you’ve noticed. We’ve had way more than our share of rain so far this year. In fact, according to the weather statistics keepers at NOAA, the Gainesville reporting station had recorded about 42 inches in total rainfall in these first six months of 2020, compared to the normal rainfall amount of around 27 inches..

30 Jun
2020
Hillside Walls Steps and Water

Life Is But a Stream. And Stone Steps. And Outdoor Lighting

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…Life is but a dream. Well, it was kind of a bad dream at one client’s home until we helped them tame the steep hill that was hindering their hospitality. Hiking is a favorite activity here in the Northeast Georgia mountains. As much as we enjoy it, we usually do stop short..

11 Jun
2020
Custom gravel and stone vegetable garden

Re-imagining the Back 40

Who doesn’t love the idea of a veggie garden? Even if there’s a grocery store 10 minutes away, you still get a thrilling sense of self-sufficiency from growing and eating your own food. Plus, you know its history, what’s been applied to it—if anything, how fresh it is. Fortunately, you don’t need a plow or..

21 May
2020
Stone boulder with mailbox

10 Observations in the Pandemic Landscape

We’ll have stories, that’s for sure. We’ll all have stories to tell once this pandemic fades off into history. Some will be painful and difficult. Some will be sweet and caring and courageous. Most will be about everyday people trying to figure out how to adapt to a new set of circumstances none of us..

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