About Landscaping & Hardscaping In Tennessee.
As the leaves fall and the days grow short, winter settles into TN. While winters in Mt. Juliet, TN may only see a few mild snowfalls, temperatures can drop and fluctuate causing problems for your landscaping and container plants.
Taking care of your plants throughout the winter is imperative to being able to maintain the health and longevity of them. Try these four tips to keep your plants healthy during the winter season!
Your routine of watering plants in the winter has to change from what you usually follow. The major rule to keep in mind during the winter is to water before a cold night or before a freeze. During dips in temperature, drying winds can take a toll on already dry plants. It is important to water early in the morning before a predicted cold night. Watering a plant the morning before a cooler night allows the soil to absorb warmth from the sun and daytime air. It also helps your soil stay moist and avoid drying out.
Mulching is an excellent line of defense for the plants of your landscaping beds. It helps keep the soil and roots of your plants insulated and traps heat from the daylight. Cover your landscaping beds in approximately 3 inches of mulch right after the first freeze.
Be careful to leave space around your tree trunks and plant crowns. You want to lay the thick layer of mulch in such a way as to protect what is under the ground, and not...
Does the winter weather have you dreaming about long summer nights outdoors? Are you thinking it is time to finally install that paver patio, or add on an outdoor kitchen? Winter is the perfect time to start planning, designing, and inquiring about your warm weather projects for next season.
Adding new hardscaping or landscaping improves your curb appeal and adds functionality to your exterior property. Hardscaping is a great way of extending your living space into the outdoors and gives you another area where you can spend quality time with friends and family. These tips will help you get a head start on your planning process!
The first thing to do is research what you are looking to have done. Whether it's installing new landscaping beds or an outdoor fireplace, check out some of the images of our past projects for inspiration to get you going. We have professional designers at the ready who can provide renderings on design ideas. They can show you materials and designs that are popular for the Mt. Juliet, TN area.
Start a Pinterest board online with different colors, textures, and styles that inspire you. Keep in mind your home's architectural style and current color pallet. Your hardscaping materials should complement it without feeling too cluttered.
You need to establish a budget in mind from the beginning. Remember that...
There are so many options available on the market today when it comes to designing hardscape elements for your property. Hardscaping comes in an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials that make just about any look you need achievable.
Some of the most common hardscaping materials used on residential properties include:
Regarding concrete pavers, there are a wide variety of price points, which offers homeowners the flexibility they need with their budget. These pavers come in a variety of shapes, such as traditional bricks, cobblestone, large slabs, or irregular flagstones, and offer unlimited customization options when designing your hardscaping project.
Concrete pavers are also simple to maintain and easy to repair, making them a no-brainer for homeowners that need a low-maintenance, long-lasting structure. When the pavers are damaged, they need only be removed and replaced with a new one!
Have you heard of travertine? Travertine is rectangular pieces of marble that are cut to a 1" thickness and used as exterior building materials due to their strength and durability. Homeowners get a luxurious material that comes in a variety of colors when they use travertine. Available colors include:
Having an outdoor kitchen is one of the most enjoyable amenities to have during the spring and summer! They provide an excellent opportunity for entertaining family and friends and help keep your home cooler by preparing and cooking meals outdoors.
However, when winter comes rolling in, it is important to take extra care in preparing your outdoor kitchen for its period of inactivity. Winterizing your outdoor kitchen is about the only maintenance required to keep it in good working order. However, this maintenance is extremely important if you want to avoid costly repairs and replacements for your outdoor kitchen.
During the winter, water lines have the potential to freeze up and that can cause damage to both the water lines and the appliances they are hooked up to. First, make sure to locate and completely shut off the water supply that leads to your outdoor kitchen.
Use the indoor shutoff when you cut off the water supply. This way you have no water running in any of the outside water lines.
Major appliances, such as an icemaker or a refrigerator, should be double-checked to ensure all water is drained from the lines as well.
Everything in your outdoor kitchen should be thoroughly cleaned before winter. A fall cleaning allows your appliances to remain clean and be ready to go in spring! Here are some cleaning suggestions for a...
Home security is a major concern for homeowners and an easy solution is installing the right equipment to protect your house. Before you spend thousands on the latest high-end security equipment, consider beefing up your outdoor lighting system.
Outdoor lighting can account for a very important facet of security for your home. Follow these five tips and protect your family and belongings with just a few lighting changes.
Never make your entry points seem accessible. Motion lights and lights that brighten when a person is approaching should always be placed near direct access points. Front doors, side doors, garage doors, and windows should be equipped with motion sensors and be lit during active nighttime hours. The more illumination your entry points have, the less likely an intruder is to try to enter your home.
There are many areas around your home that can be easy to hide in or crouch around. Consider your landscaping, walkways, paths, and outdoor structures when planning your lighting. It will keep you safe and secure when you are indoors, and pathway lighting is beneficial when you are outdoors in the evening. Security also means safety and your family should feel at ease navigating their surroundings.
What if your home is down a dark, dim-lit street? What if you have a large wooded lot near your home? These ...
Paver patios are both a beautiful and unique look for your property. Many options for style, size, and shape can help you create a customized pattern. However, to preserve the longevity of your paver patio or walkway, you have to be prepared to protect it from harsh weather.
The harshest weather can be found from the bitter cold temperatures in the winter. The freeze-to-thaw cycle can really do a number on the positioning and the condition of your pavers.
Sealing your pavers is the most effective way of protecting them from the snow, ice, and any other damaging elements throughout the year. Applying a seal coat is relatively simple. A brush is used over the surface and sides of the pavers to apply seal coating. You will need to retreat the pavers periodically when the shine on the pavers vanishes.
The lifespan of your pavers is based on how much care you put into them. Preventative measures taken up front will help make your pavers last for years to come!
You should consider investing more money up front on your pavers. Choosing high-quality pavers from the beginning will result in less time and money spent trying to repair or replace pavers down the road.
Make sure to use quality concrete as well during your paver process. Weak concrete can lead to shifts, cracks, and will make your paver surface more susceptible to deicing agents....
It is nice to have a gathering spot in your yard where you can congregate with family and friends in the evening. A fire pit provides warmth and a convenient location to relax after a long day. It is the perfect addition to any backyard, but choosing the right type for your home should not be a quick decision.
There are many types of fire pits available, but the choice comes down to a custom fire pit or a prefabricated one. There are pros and cons to both, you just have to find which one fits your lifestyle and budget!
When it comes to the question of what would one expect to spend on a fire pit, the price of a DIY kit from your local big box store can range anywhere from under $100 to around $500. There are some more expensive pre-fabricated models out there. The high-end of the prefabricated models can run homeowners anywhere from $1,000-$4,000. Kits can be found at a store or shipped right to your home.
Custom fire pits are more of an investment. They usually start at around $5,000 for the design and installation process and go up in price from there. This price reflects the time, labor, and design efforts put into the custom piece. In addition, custom fire pits can use a variety of materials and have options such as built-in seating, retaining walls, and other features that make them a focal point for your backyard.
Conclusion: Budget buyers should go for the prefabricated kits. Homeowners looking to add an exterior focal...
Tennessee has the advantage of having a beautiful climate all year long that allows for a lot of flowers and shrubs to bloom around the state. Mt. Juliet is a suburb of Nashville, TN, which is north central in relation to the entire state. This area falls into zone 7a, when it comes to plant hardiness.
Zone 7a allows the homeowners and business owners flexibility when planting their annual shrubs and flowers. Because of this, you can expect a variety of shrubs and flowers, both annuals and perennials, to be scattered around the Mt. Juliet area.
Seven months is the approximate length of the growth period available for planting annuals in zone 7a.
With the longer growing period in Mt. Juliet, homeowners have the opportunity to plant annuals throughout spring, summer, and fall to change the seasonal color in their yards. Annuals provide some of the prettiest colors in landscaping and also help bring separation to your perennial plants.
Springtime in Mt. Juliet brings beautiful flowers such as Pansies and Snapdragons. Summertime blooms include flowers such as Cannas and Dahlias. Some other warm season annual blooms that will look great on your property include:
As summer wanes and autumn settles in, golden hues and lush shades of green are the best choices for your...
Outdoor entertaining, whether it is an intimate family gathering or a large party, requires plenty of seating options. Many homes have enough space on a patio for seating a small gathering with a table and a handful of chairs. Without additional seating for guests, homeowners have to bring indoor furniture, like their dining room chairs, outside or have an array of plastic chairs available during larger get-togethers.
The downside? Bringing interior dining chairs onto your patio may result in damage from improper use or the weather. Plastic chairs can be a safety hazard for senior adults and children. Additionally, storing plastic chairs when they are not in use can be a waste of usable space.
One solution to your outdoor seating problem is to invest in permanent seating, by having a seating wall built. Seating walls are a great way to add practical hardscaping into your landscape design, without sacrificing additional space. They provide beauty and function that adds year-round extra seating to your entertaining space.
In addition to creating seating, you can make your wall a multi-purpose outdoor piece. Retaining walls are a great option for adding both seating and raised garden beds. Use seating to enhance a garden area by...
An outdoor kitchen is a feature that so many homeowners want to have added to their property, especially here in Tennessee. There's no denying how an outdoor kitchen can enhance your ability to entertain family and friends, while taking advantage of favorable weather. There is also the improved aesthetics to your home that an outdoor kitchen brings.
However, one question that sometimes bubbles up, particularly if a homeowner is planning to sell their house, is how much value to your home does an outdoor kitchen add, and what is the ROI (Return On Investment)?
Let's explore some of the factors that may go into answering this question.
In terms of trying to place an actual number on what a homeowner can expect as an ROI on their outdoor kitchen investment, the range is actually quite wide. Depending on which data reports and surveys you analyze (for example, quickenloans.com), a homeowner can expect a range of 50% to 200% of the original cost of building the outdoor kitchen to be the ROI.
This favorable ROI, along with the enjoyment that one receives from entertaining friends and family with an outdoor kitchen, is why these luxury elements are popular for homeowners in the Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, TN and surrounding areas.
A favorable ROI of 50% to 200% should be expected on a properly designed and constructed outdoor kitchen.
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