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Top 6 Recommended Outdoor Kitchen Features for the Summertime

Top 6 Recommended Outdoor Kitchen Features for the Summertime

Outdoor kitchens are one of the greatest ways to get outside more during the summertime. Who wants to go inside to cook when you can continue to get some sunshine while making dinner? Not us! Not only do outdoor kitchens serve as incredible party hosting companions, but they also increase your property value.

Whether you are building your outdoor kitchen from scratch or you are thinking of ways to upgrade your current one, we can help! The following amenities are perfect additions to your outdoor kitchen and will make summertime that much sweeter!


1) Refrigerator

This could be the most convenient addition to your outdoor kitchen. Many ingredients that you cook with require staying cold until you need them. Without a refrigerator handy in your outdoor kitchen, you will either have to walk back inside every time you need to grab something cold OR you will need to leave it out on the counter in the hot sun until it is ready to be used. Neither option is ideal, which is why we highly suggested adding a refrigerator to your outdoor kitchen.


2) Grill

Outdoor kitchen with a grill installed at a home in Mt. Juliet, TN.

Most grills are outdoors anyway, so why not add one to your outdoor kitchen plan? There is usually limited space for tools, plates, and food when cooking on a standalone grill. Installing a grill in between some counters in your outdoor kitchen will make the life of any cook that much easier.


3) Smoker

Take your cooking to the next level by adding a smoker to your outdoor kitchen. Smokers use a...

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Perennials vs. Annuals in Tennessee: Spring Addition

Perennials vs. Annuals in Tennessee: Spring Addition

When choosing plants for your landscape in Mt. Juliet, TN, it’s helpful to understand the difference between perennial and annual flowers and plants. Each plant type has a unique life cycle and blooming season, and your selection should be based on your landscaping goals.

Our experts here at Master's Landscape Design put together this guide on the differences between spring perennials and annuals, as well as some common native species you can consider for your garden.


The Differences Between Spring Perennials and Annuals

Lifecycle

The most significant difference between perennials and annuals is their lifecycle. Perennials have a lifespan of three or more growing seasons, with some lasting for many years. During the colder winter months, plants in this category go dormant, but they grow out in spring to go through their seasonal bloom.

Annuals only live for one season, and you have to replant them every year. Because perennials grow back every spring, you don’t have to replant them, making them a great addition if you prefer consistency. However, if you like to change your garden and try different looks, annual plants are best.

Blooming Period

Annual plants’ lifespan only lasts for a season, but they have a long bloom season. Perennials bloom during the growing season at specific times, but their blooming period is generally shorter than that of annuals.

Annual flowers bloom from a young age, and...

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Most Common Must-Haves That Go With Your Outdoor Fire Pit or Fireplace

Most Common Must-Haves That Go With Your Outdoor Fire Pit or Fireplace

We can’t think of a better way to spend the fall than sitting around a cozy fire pit or fireplace in the backyard. However, there’s more to an outdoor living space than just the fire element. When you’re designing hardscaping elements as part of your overall landscaping, you’ll want to balance looks and functionality.

Learn more about some of the must-haves to accompany your fire pit or fireplace that will make your outdoor living space in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and other areas of Tennessee better than ever.


Outdoor lighting makes your property safer.

Outdoor living area with walkways, a fire pit, and outdoor lighting in Green Hill, TN

Outdoor lighting is, in our opinion, one of the most important elements to the exterior of your property, regardless of whether you have a fire pit/fireplace or not. Appropriate lighting can help with the following:

  • Highlight architectural features, like fire pits and fireplaces
  • Light walking paths for safety
  • Deter trespassers

When it comes to fire pits and fireplaces, the right outdoor lighting can be used to highlight stonework and walking paths that lead to the fire area. LED lighting systems are some of the most popular, in part due to brightness, bulb longevity, and lower energy consumption.

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Increase your usable space with a retaining or seating wall.

Outdoor living area with seating walls, a fire pit, and outdoor lighting in Mt. Juliet, TN.

You shouldn’t have to pull out the camping chairs any time you want to enjoy your fire pit. For a more aesthetically appealing and practical addition to your outdoor...

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5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Asphalt or Concrete Driveway

5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Asphalt or Concrete Driveway

Driveways are a prominent feature of your property, but a worn or damaged one will drastically bring down your curb appeal. While most driveways can survive for decades, some homeowners may benefit from a full custom driveway replacement if there's is starting to crumble or crack.

If you're noticing any of these 5 issues with your driveway in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Hendersonville, or surrounding areas, it might be time to replace it.

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1. Multiple deep cracks

Deep cracks in a home driveway in Lebanon, TN.

Cracks are all too common in driveways and sidewalks. While minor cracks can be repaired, larger and deeper ones mean you'll need a brand-new driveway. Gasoline, de-icing salt, water, and other substances seep in between the cracks and cause further damage to your driveway. For places with freezing temperatures during the winter, water left in the cracks will freeze and expand, potentially deepening the cracks even more.


2. Potholes

A large, gaping hole in your driveway is almost impossible not to notice. Going over a pothole can affect your car alignment, puncture or tear your tires, and damage a tire's sidewall and belts.

Potholes form when the ground underneath expands and contracts, which weakens the driveway material on top. Bits and pieces eventually start to crack and crumble away to create a pothole. Minor potholes can be filled, but it doesn't totally solve the problem and it will open back up once the ground...

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Perennials vs Annuals: Fall Edition

Perennials vs Annuals: Fall Edition

Native Tennessee perennials and annuals will make you fall in love with fall all over again.

As summer winds down, it’s time to consider what your fall landscaping will look like. One of the biggest questions we hear from clients is whether to plant annuals or perennials, or both. Here at Master's Landscape Design, we have a comprehensive plant catalog, and we work with your preferences to choose and install quality plants for your landscape.

To help you decide how to make the most of fall, we’ve put together an overview of which plants are best for your fall landscape in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Tennessee.


What Are Annuals?

Blanket flowers with fire colors near Mt. Juliet, TN.

Annuals are often bright, showy, and colorful, which is why we love them. Annuals thrive during the growing season and can really perk up your property. However, annuals are called annuals for a reason—annuals die at the end of the growing season and they need to be removed and replaced.


Benefits of Perennials

Perennials, on the other hand, live year-round and generally require less care once they are established. We love using perennials as the foundation of our landscaping designs because they become more effective as they grow into place.

Perennial stonecrops plants at a Lebanon, TN home.

The one downside to perennials is that they often don’t have quite the same color show as you get with annuals. That’s not to say there is no color, but they generally don’t have quite the same showy display.

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4 Outdoor Kitchen Features to Consider for Your Project

4 Outdoor Kitchen Features to Consider for Your Project

When you sit down with your landscape designer to create the custom outdoor kitchen of your dreams, there are many features that you can choose to add to the area such as countertops, ovens, refrigerators, and so much more.

Outdoor kitchens are beautiful, but there are four particular features you should consider adding to your project. Learn about these features and how they will benefit your property in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, and nearby cities in Tennessee.


1. Add a wine and beverage cooler.

Outdoor kitchen with wine and drink cooler in Mt. Juliet, TN.

When you have guests over to your outdoor kitchen, you will not want to be going in and out repeatedly to refill wine glasses and get supplies for drinks because it interrupts the flow of conversation and you could miss things. If you add a wine and beverage cooler to the kitchen's space, then you can avoid that back and forth with a fully stocked cooler.

The size of the space depends on how much you plan to entertain, but we can create an area for any size wine cooler you like.


2. Install a sink so you can use it outside.

Outdoor kitchen with sink and grill in Lebanon, TN.

An outdoor sink provides a place to clean up dishes, wine glasses, or other items from cooking outside without taking the mess inside your home. This way, you can clean up while your guests are still there and not put it off until morning. Leaving dirty dishes outside is a good way to attract bugs to your outdoor living space, too. The sink will give you a chance to clean up that food debris as soon as ...

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Using Natural Stone vs. Concrete Pavers for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Using Natural Stone vs. Concrete Pavers for Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces add beauty and functionality to your yard and when you opt to add one to your property, there are many choices to make such as what elements to install, the type of landscape plants, and the kind of material to build everything.

Choosing the material for your new space is a big decision, especially when you consider that they will last for decades. Learn about concrete pavers and natural stone and which one you may want to pick for your outdoor living space in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, and nearby areas of Tennessee.


Concrete Pavers: More Economical, But Require More Maintenance

Concrete paver patio with retaining wall in Hendersonville, TN.

One great choice for outdoor living spaces is concrete pavers. These come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Our hardscape contractors can arrange them in multiple patterns as well for a completely customized area. We can use them to create patios, walkways, decorative driveways, and more.

Pavers are a more economical choice of material, as they cost less than natural stone and are easier to install. Each piece is precut and designed to interlock with the one next to it.

They do require sealing and cleaning services, and those should be done every 3-5 years, which means they need more maintenance than stone. Occasionally, a paver might break or crack, but it is easy to replace them.


Natural Stone: Higher Costs, Will Last Forever

Natural stone paver walkway at a Lebanon, TN property.

While natural stone, or flagstone, may have a higher upfront cost, the end results...

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Stunning Plants You Should Add to Your Landscaping This Spring

Stunning Plants You Should Add to Your Landscaping This Spring

If your landscape's appearance has suffered during the long winter, it's not too late to revive it. Here at Master's Landscape Design, we have a comprehensive plant catalog available, so you can browse a variety of plants to add to your landscaping in Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, or Lebanon, TN this spring. Our landscaping team will also install the plants you choose for your landscape.

Coming up with the right inspiration for your landscape's design can be difficult, especially if you're starting from scratch. Check out some of the following plants our landscaping crew can install this spring that will bring both aesthetic appeal and an easy upkeep process to your landscape.


Black-eyed Susans come in striking yellow, gold, and bronze colors that liven up your landscape.

Black-eyed Susans are available in different colors including yellow, gold, and bronze. Their distinctive features are their dark brown centers, which serve as striking contrasts to their brightly-colored petals. These perennials reach up to two feet in height, so they can add a sense of fullness to a once-barren landscape. Black-eyed Susans typically don't attract any pests; rather, they entice a variety of pollinators to inhabit your yard in Lebanon and promote its overall ecological health.

Black-eyed Susans pair well with other prairie flowers including butterfly weeds and coneflowers.


Little lime hydrangeas bloom bright green in the summer and pink...

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Landscape Plants that Are Perfect for Playgrounds in Mt. Juliet, TN

Landscape Plants that Are Perfect for Playgrounds in Mt. Juliet, TN

Once spring weather rolls around again, many children will want to head out to the playground for some much-needed outdoor time. Playgrounds are great for entertaining kids, but the plants around them can also provide entertainment and education. It's important to install plants around playgrounds that are safe for kids and also hardy so they can stand up against heavy foot traffic.

There are several plants that are good for landscaped playground areas in Tennessee cities such as Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, and Lebanon.


Shrubs such as boxwoods and spindles can create a barrier for safety.

Trimmed boxwood shrubs at a property in Mt. Juliet, TN.

Around a playground in Mt. Juliet, TN, you may sometimes need to create a safety barrier to prevent balls from bouncing out or keep kids from running into the nearby street. Installing a border of shrubbery can help in this regard, but these plants need to be hardy. Using landscape plants that could be potentially weak may lead to you losing money and having to buy new plants. For creating a border around a playground, we recommend these plants:

  • Boxwoods: Boxwoods can be grown into hedges and are proven to thrive in our USDA hardiness zones. This shrub sprouts bright green leaves.
  • Japanese spindle: Spindles are also often used for hedges or to create a privacy barrier. They thrive well in full sun.

Consider planting some shade trees to provide refuge from the sun.

Mt. Juliet playgrounds are often in full sun, and that sun can quickly heat...

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2020 Landscaping Trends You Should Add to Your Home

2020 Landscaping Trends You Should Add to Your Home

With the new year almost upon us, change is in the air. Have you considered revamping your landscape? Here, we'll provide you with some landscape trends that are projected to prevail in 2020.

We can help design and install a new custom landscape for your home or business in Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Lebanon, and surrounding cities in Tennessee.


Sustainable gardening is an environmentally-conscious trend for 2020.

In a world with environmentally-conscious consumers, sustainable gardening is a great choice for your landscape in the new year. Consider some of the ways you can incorporate sustainable gardening into your property:

  • Composting: According to the 2020 Garden Trends Report, composting reduces household waste by up to 40%.
  • On-site water collection: You can use French drains, swales, and rain barrels to collect and control rainwater.
  • Mulch application: When choosing what kind of mulch to lay in your sustainable garden, consider where it comes from. Using mulch from your own yard, including leaves, wood chips, and pine needles, is much better for the environment than buying mass-produced mulch at big box stores.

You can also create a pollinator-friendly landscape that provides a home for butterflies, bees, and more.


Add water features to revitalize your landscape this year.

Custom rock water feature installed at a Mt. Juliet, TN home.

The natural ambiance that water features offer is a refreshing break from an increasingly digital world. There are several different types ...

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