North Georgia Gardening Tips
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

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

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..

12 May
2020

Breaking Bad(ly): Front Steps

Front steps are often functional necessities in Northeast Georgia, where our homes are tucked into the rolling foothills, mountains and valleys. Beyond that, they can also be key elements in the well-planned landscape.Their design can literally “elevate” a home from ordinary to grand, making it appear larger and more elegant. Or offer a more down-to-earth..

08 Apr
2020
Gardens-Lift-Spirits

Embrace Your Outdoor Space – As Is!

Well, this is not the spring I’d planned. I’m sure it’s not the one you’d planned either. But it’s the one we’ve got. So I say, let’s work with it. To every client—past, present and future—every gardener, aspiring gardener and mud pie maker, every friend and reader:  I wish I could come right over and..

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..