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Ways to Make Sure Your Landscaping Adapts to Fall Weather

Ways to Make Sure Your Landscaping Adapts to Fall Weather

It might be tempting to believe the plants in your yard will just be fine throughout the changing seasons. After all, nature does just fine by itself. But the truth is that landscaped flowers and hedges in your lawn are not quite in their natural environment. And while Tennessee may be in the south, our fall and winter seasons are capable of harming plants.

But don’t worry—there are many things you can do to prepare your garden and landscape for fall weather. Help your plants regulate their temperature, from their tips to the roots, with these tips for Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, and the surrounding areas.


Add Mulch to Thin Areas

Mulch is a great way to regulate ground temperature. It acts as an insulator for soil and keeps plant roots from freezing and protects them from damage. Most gardens have some kind of mulch, but in preparation for fall is a great time to evaluate the status. If there are any thinned out areas from wind or decomposing mulch, you can add some on to swaddle your plants away from dropping outdoor temperatures.


Examine Plants for Signs of Plant Disease or Insect Infestation

Diseases and pests like this insect in Green Hill, TN, can harm your plants.

Now’s the time to cure a plant of any possible diseases or insect infestation. If the trees go into colder temperatures unhealthy, they’re less likely to cope with fall and winter. It makes them more likely to die. A professional landscaping service, like Master's Landscape Design, will be able to help you ensure your yard is...

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Rock vs. Mulch Ground Cover

Rock vs. Mulch Ground Cover

Ground cover is a key part of maintaining your yard. In areas where there isn’t grass, a ground cover like mulch or rock is recommended. There are many benefits to keeping your soil in good condition and your yard in good health.

Master's Landscape Design has been in business for over 20 years providing mulch and rock installation, as well as many other landscaping services, in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and Green Hill, TN. Let us tell you about the benefits our customers have seen from using our ground cover installation services.


Benefits of Ground Cover Installation in Your Landscape Beds

There are several practical benefits to ground cover such as mulch and rocks.

First, ground cover prevents soil erosion. It protects the soil underneath from the rain and snow or from movement by other sources such as normal lawn use. It also helps soil retain moisture and stay nutrient-rich by covering it from the sun. Second, it insulates soil against temperature changes. This can help maintain the quality of the soil—but it also regulates the temperature of any plant roots or anything desirable growing in the soil in your yard.

Third, it prevents weed growth. Weed seeds are less likely to get the sun they need to grow and ground cover will stifle them before they reach the surface of the soil. Bare dirt is a breeding ground for unwanted weeds. 

Fourth, it’s beautiful. Your yard will look much nicer with some gorgeous red mulch or...

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Potential Ways to Add to Your Home's Value with Landscaping Projects

Potential Ways to Add to Your Home's Value with Landscaping Projects

If you're wanting to sell your home or just invest more into your house and property, there are plenty of ways to attempt to increase your home’s value. From increasing your home’s curb appeal with custom landscaping to added functionality with outdoor lighting, you can possibly increase the value of your property.

If you live in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, and the surrounding areas of Tennessee, here are some ways to potentially help increase your home’s value.


Add to Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Custom Landscaping

This custom landscaping in Mt. Juliet, TN helps to beautify the exterior of the home.

When thinking about a relatively easy and quick way to add value to your home, prioritize curb appeal with landscaping. According to Forbes, adding landscaping to your home is of the easiest and most affordable ways to increase your home’s value. Because your front yard is the first thing visitors see when they come to your home, it makes the most sense to focus on front landscaping. Adding custom landscaping such as healthy trees, blooming flowers, and neatly trimmed shrubs, makes your home look prettier and much more inviting, and has the most impactful ROI.

If you opt for custom landscaping, it’s also important to include regular lawn and landscape maintenance to maintain your property’s increase in value. Landscaping adds to your home’s curb appeal, but a poorly-maintained landscape will actually detract from your home’s value.


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What Is Eco-Friendly Landscaping

What Is Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Many are looking to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint as pollution continues to be an issue. Cities have recycling programs, homeowners are creating compost piles, and businesses are using sustainable materials as much as possible.

One way that homeowners can consider increasing their home's eco-friendliness is in their landscaping. Eco-friendly landscaping is growing in popularity and can create a beautiful, sustainable space in your yard. 

If you are in Mt. Juliet, Green Hill, Lebanon, or other nearby areas of Tennessee, here are some ways you can go green with your landscaping.


Using Native Plants Increases Landscaping Sustainability

When non-native plants are used in landscaping, it requires more resources to keep them alive because they are not proven to do well in that environment. This means more fertilizer, more fungicide, more herbicide—in other words, more chemicals going into the soil. 

Native plants, on the other hand, are much more likely to survive the local climate because they have adapted to the environment. They will not require as much maintenance, time, or energy to keep them in good, healthy condition. Using these native plants means that your landscaping will be more sustainable.

Common native plants and trees to our area of Tennessee include:

  • Dogwood
  • Azalea
  • Prairie rose
  • Carolina rose
  • Hydrangea
  • Mountain laurel
  • Viburnum
  • Oak
  • Maple
  • And many more!

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3 Ways a Custom Patio Adds to Your Outdoor Living Space

3 Ways a Custom Patio Adds to Your Outdoor Living Space

Custom patios are a lovely way to spruce up the exterior areas of your home. There are multiple options available that allow your vision of the ideal patio to become a reality.

Below you will find three ways a custom patio adds to your outdoor living space, giving you and your family a livable extension of your home in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, and surrounding communities in Tennessee.


1. Outdoor cooking and dining areas provide additional entertaining options.

This 3D rendering of a custom patio in Green Hill depicts a beautiful outdoor living space.

After a long work week, many families enjoy spending time outside while fresh food is cooked up on the grill. The right custom patio can be designed to accommodate a gorgeous cooking and dining area that helps keep the mess and clutter of cooking away from the kitchen.

Custom cabinets and countertops can be installed and a higher quality grill can be used because a custom patio can help to protect them. A sturdy patio provides a better setting for outdoor dining sets, providing homeowners with an organized place to feed family and guests while enjoying the fresh air.

Your outdoor living space is truly extended with a custom patio, adding value to your home and quality of life.


2. Custom patios increase usable outdoor living space with added comfort.

Custom patios allow homeowners to essentially conquer areas on the exterior of their property. Rather than have an area that requires landscaping and lawn maintenance, you can have a patio installed that reduces the...

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Why Retaining Walls Are Needed

Why Retaining Walls Are Needed

In our area of Tennessee, we have gorgeous sloping hills that contribute to the scenery and help to differentiate our properties. However, those sloping hills also mean that our residential and commercial properties may need to have retaining walls put in.

Here are some reasons why retaining walls are important for your property located in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, and nearby areas.


Retaining Walls Can Help Prevent Erosion on Your Property

This retaining wall was constructed in Mt. Juliet to help prevent erosion.

The main reason for installing retaining walls is to help with the prevention of soil erosion. Soil is the first thing to wash away in rain, and if your property has a lot of slopes and differing elevation, your soil will wash away quickly.

When a retaining wall is installed, it immediately works to stop this erosion from happening. It keeps soil in place and essentially acts as a dam for soil. This is especially important in landscaping beds when you’ve made a big investment in landscape plants and balancing the nutrients in your soil. But they can also help in protecting the area around your home or office from eroding away and causing larger issues with the foundation or other structural problems.


Retaining Walls Are Great for Functional & Aesthetic Purposes

Retaining walls can also help to add space to your yard, especially if you’re on a sloped area. They can help level out an area that would otherwise just be a hill. This is done by leveling out the hillside and then...

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Why Your Hardscaping Needs Maintenance

Why Your Hardscaping Needs Maintenance

Hardscaping is essentially an extension of your home. The clean, organized look they offer will only last if patios, walkways, and driveways are properly maintained.

There are several reasons why your hardscaping needs maintenance, including damage prevention, cosmetic appearance, and safety.


Hardscapes require regular maintenance to prevent damage to materials.

This custom patio and firepit in Mt. Juliet will need to be cleaned and sealed periodically.

In order to keep your hardscapes in good working order, you will need to perform regular maintenance. It’s often very beneficial to call in professionals for sealing and pressure washing jobs.

Driveways constructed with custom materials such as concrete pavers and bricks can be preserved with professional sealing jobs. The seal will lock in the clean look of a newly laid driveway, which prevents physical and cosmetic damage from occurring. Without proper sealing, scratches and cracks are more likely to appear.

The same is true for walkways and patios, which will occasionally need to be sprayed or scrubbed down to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime.


Preserve a neat cosmetic appearance with regular hardscape maintenance.

One of the most obvious advantages of regular maintenance of hardscapes is the cosmetic benefit. The reason homeowners are willing to invest in custom hardscapes is that they look amazing and provide a high level of convenience as they extend their livable space.

One of the best ways to provide a longer lifespan is to have hardscapes professionally sealed....

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How a Custom Driveway Helps Your Home

How a Custom Driveway Helps Your Home

Custom driveways are constructed of more attractive, longer lasting materials than standard poured concrete. Their customizable options allow for a more precise fit with the style of your home, which is sure to turn heads.

For homeowners wondering how a custom driveway can benefit your property in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, and other nearby Tennessee areas, the answer is simple: they add curb appeal, increase property value, and they are low maintenance.


Custom driveways add curb appeal with hand-picked materials to suit any home.

This decorative driveway in Green Hill was made with brick pavers.

Typical driveways are constructed using poured concrete. While concrete driveways are cost-effective, they are prone to cracking and staining. On top of the maintenance issues they present, they are also rather plain.

A custom driveway constructed of concrete pavers or brick, for example, is designed to take a beating without showing signs of distress. Homeowners can choose between a variety of colors, textures, and shapes to make sure the design matches their home.

The result is an increase in curb appeal, which is extremely helpful in the event that the home is listed for sale.


Concrete paver and brick driveways offer increased property value.

Real estate professionals agree that custom driveways add a significant increase in curb appeal, which can result in an increase in property value. According to SF Gate, homes with high-end driveways return a higher selling point when listed for sale.

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Landscaping Trends to Make Your Yard Stand Out

Landscaping Trends to Make Your Yard Stand Out

The exterior areas of your property offer a quick first impression to guests, family members, and people just passing by. Homeowners are always looking for new ideas to add a little pop to their lawns, and maybe even turn a few heads in the process.

A recent study by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) outlines some not-so-surprising methods that can add new levels of appeal to your property.

Here are some landscaping trends to make your yard stand out in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, and the nearby Tennessee areas.


New Landscaping Features Increase Joy, Desire to Be at Home

We installed this custom patio and pergola at a home in Lebanon, TN.

According to the NALP study, many homeowners saw an increase in their desire to be home when they added on new projects. An overwhelming 100% of respondents indicated that adding a fire feature to their property increased their overall happiness and joy.

Respondents also showed that new patios increased their desire to be at home, giving those a 97% rating. Adding custom features to your landscaping is a great way to stand out because not only are they customized to your property, they are also gorgeous.

Overall landscape upgrades are also a big selling point, as 27% of real estate agents surveyed by the NALP said they suggest sellers complete a landscaping upgrade before trying to sell their homes.

Another top recent trend is to add a pergola to your outdoor space. These can provide shade and structure for your patio or outdoor...

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Why You Should Consider Renovating Your Outdoor Space

Why You Should Consider Renovating Your Outdoor Space

Undertaking new outdoor living space projects yield two big returns: more family time and a hefty return on investment. Hardscapes built with quality materials by our experienced contractor team in the Mt. Juliet, TN area hold-up against time and weather, leaving you with a valuable addition to your home that pays for itself.

Aside from the obvious, there are several reasons why you should consider renovating your outdoor space, including high ROI, improved curb appeal, and much more.


New Outdoor Living Spaces Are a Worthy Investment with a High Average ROI

Studies have shown that quality-built outdoor living spaces provide a respectable ROI, especially when they are constructed with sturdy materials and installed by experienced professionals. The average return on investment varies depending upon the size and the specifics of the project.

According to Supermoney.com, the average ROI for new hardscaping projects is between 20% - 30%.

We specialize in high-end projects, which lead to higher than average ROIs. For example, our fully customized outdoor kitchens typically include durable, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops which hold more intrinsic value than those with lower-tiered built-in equipment and materials.

Many clients request amenities like dishwashers, bar areas, custom fire pits, and LED lighting products, which also boost investment returns. Our patios are generally constructed with attractive concrete pavers, stone,...

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