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To Prune or not to Prune

Grab those hand saws and sharpen your shears, its pruning season ladies and gentle gardeners. With winter half way through, any and all deciduous plants are well and truly dormant, the ideal time to prune the majority of trees and shrubs. It’s late enough that they won’t try throwing out any new buds, but still early […]

Best Yards for Dogs

Our furry, four legged friends bring us joy even as they present challenges in our lives. If you own a dog, and you have decided to redo your yard, it is best to consider the dog’s needs as well as your desires. We will help walk you through how to create the best yards for […]

How to Buy Trees from a Nursery

Winter and early spring are a great time to plant trees. Trees are dormant so they can expend their energy growing roots instead of leaves, helping them establish strong root systems before the late spring and summer growing seasons. Shop local and shop small. We recommend purchasing trees from local nurseries. http://artofstonegardening.com/beautiful-blue-trees. Because nurseries are […]

Hiding From the Neighbors – Privacy Fence Landscaping Design

James and Jennifer lived in their home for many years and loved it due to the incredible view of the Dahlonega mountains. Unfortunately, progress happens and someone built a home right next to theirs, blocking some of the beautiful view. What do you do?? I’ve written blogs before about using trees for privacy, http://artofstonegardening.com/leyland-cypress-privacy, but […]

Beautiful Blue Trees Used in Landscaping Design in North Georgia

I recently had a call from Andy Kinsey at Kinsey Family Farm about a new shipment of blue trees. As my readers know, I prefer using native plants and trees in landscaping design in North Georgia, but I have a special place in my heart and garden for conifers. Conifers are trees that bear their seeds […]

The Art of Blending Stone and Fences – Masonry Landscaping

Incorporating stone into fencing is a perfect blend of elegance and durability, whether you opt for granite, limestone, marble, or any other type of stone. The following are some masonry and landscaping ideas to provide security and to enhance your landscape. *Add stone columns to swimming pool fencing: These first two photos show a pool […]

Designing Landscapes That Last

Recently, I read a blog posted by another arborist titled ‘Deforestation by Design’. His premise was that by planting the wrong plants, in the wrong way, and in the wrong place, we are essentially deforesting our landscapes. Or ensuring that we will have to plant again much sooner than if we did it right the […]

Why Go Dry?

What is a dry creek bed? Dry creek beds are a good solution for drainage and erosion problems, but they do not completely solve them because water goes where it wants. Water tends to take the path of least resistance. The three main essential components to a dry creek bed are location, the size of […]

Weary of Weeding? Consider Going to Ground Cover.

Believe it or not, there is a certain subset of the population that enjoysweeding. Many cite its therapeutic benefits like quiet time in the sunshine,listening to the bees and the birds, and the rustle of the wind in the leaves ofthe garden. But let’s face it, having to weed constantly, especially at the peak of […]

Chastain Park Conservancy; You Go, Grill!

I love it when we get calls from unexpected places http://artofstonegardening.com/atlanta-history-center-stone-pathway-renovation. Located as we are, in Lumpkin County, we do not do much business in the Atlanta area, it is just too far of a drive. This project, though, sounded interesting and came from an unlikely source, the Chastain Park Conservancy. They needed help with […]