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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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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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4 Tips to Maintain Your Plants During the Winter Season

4 Tips to Maintain Your Plants During the Winter Season

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!


#1 - Change Your Watering Routine

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.


#2 - Lay Mulch for Insulation

Fresh black mulch has been installed to help the plants of this landscape bed located in Mt. Juliet, TN.

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...

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Tips for Planning a New Hardscape or Landscape Project for Next Season

Tips for Planning a New Hardscape or Landscape Project for Next Season

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!


Do Research & Visit Our Professional Designers for Inspiration

Example of a 3D rendering the designers at Master's Landscape Design developed for a client in Mt. Juliet.

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.


Establish a Budget With Wiggle Room

You need to establish a budget in mind from the beginning. Remember that...

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The Most Popular Shrubs & Flowers in Mt. Juliet, TN

The Most Popular Shrubs & Flowers in Mt. Juliet, TN

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.


Bring Color to Your Yard With Annuals

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.

Warm Season Annual Blooms

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:

  • Coleus
  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Impatiens
  • Begonia
  • Zinnia

Cool Season Annual Blooms

As summer wanes and autumn settles in, golden hues and lush shades of green are the best choices for your...

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What Are the Best, Low Maintenance Perennials for the Mt. Juliet, TN Area

What Are the Best, Low Maintenance Perennials for the Mt. Juliet, TN Area

Perennials are an important aspect of any landscaping bed or garden. While annuals provide seasonal splashes of color, the perennials form the foundation of the garden or landscape bed. Here are five favorite perennials that are common in Mt. Juliet, TN and require the least amount of maintenance.

Hosta

Hosta grows easily and can bring great texture and color to your garden. Because Hosta requires little to no ongoing maintenance, it can be planted in spots where other plants fail to thrive.

Hosta produces lily-like flowers, during the spring season, in hues of lavender, blue, and white. There are different species of Hosta, so choose your plants wisely when you are adding them to your landscaping. Some species of Hosta prefer dry shade and others prefer moist shade, while some can handle full sunlight beating down on them daily.

Hosta can be divided if they grow too rapidly and fill up too much space.

Daylilies

Look around your neighborhood, or even at some local businesses, and you are sure to find daylilies planted somewhere. These common perennials can withstand all types of soil and weather. While they prefer to grow in full sun with well-drained soil, you will find that daylilies grow fine in other conditions as well.

There are a wide variety of daylilies, which in turn provides an expansive color palette to suit most landscaping design concepts. Daylilies benefit from deadheading, spring fertilization, and dividing.

Peonies

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Landscape Lighting Techniques & Where They Should be Used

Landscape Lighting Techniques & Where They Should be Used

Highlighting the beauty of your landscape structures can be achieved through a number of different techniques. The various techniques available are, in part, due to the versatility that today's lighting sources have, with regards to where they can be placed. Designed to blend in, modern lighting elements are easily hidden in ground coverings, submerged in water features, or placed into trees. Below are three popular lighting techniques used to accentuate your landscape.

Up Lighting

Up lights are designed to show off the specifics of your landscape, such as unique plants or architectural elements. Up lights also add dimension to walls, fences, or other flat surfaces, add ambient light for walkways, and create dramatic silhouettes with well-placed highlights and shadows.

Up lighting is achieved with many different types of lights, such as spotlights or floodlights. They are usually mounted at ground level (or sometimes even below ground level), with the light turned upward to create the desired effect.

Down Lighting

In contrast to up lights, down lights, as their name implies, are turned to face downward and can be placed above ground in patio covers, stone walls, trees, or house eves. This illuminates large spaces to bathe the ground in light and define specific areas by using an inviting glow.

Downlighting can be used to spotlight a flower bed or waterfall, for example, and can be a very effective way to illuminate a doorway. When placed high up in...

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