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10 Best Practices for an Environmentally Sensitive Site Analysis

Lake Laceola in Cleveland, GA

At Art of Stone Gardening, we approach landscape design with a deep commitment to environmentally sensitive site analysis. This means thoroughly understanding the unique characteristics of each site before making any decisions. Environmentally sensitive site analysis – meaning taking into account the site and it’s environment before buying plants or installing landscapes and hardscapes. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Invasive Grasses: A Burning Issue

A week or so ago, we all watched in horror as wildfires consumed the area around Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. What is often thought of as lush and tropical went up in flames in a matter of minutes and turned into a blazing inferno. How could this have happened? Sadly, it […]

Made in the Shade

Ah, shade. Especially at this time of year we humans love the shade. Cool respite from the sun relaxes us and creates such beauty in the world. However, our plant friends have different preferences for sun. Some like it sunny, some like it shady. http://artofstonegardening.com/garden-landscape-install. Here in the Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont there is a […]

Saving Water One Drop At A Time

Cisterns: We have a client who challenges us with her visions. We have worked with her for years, and she still comes up with new dreams for how she wants to live in her Lumpkin County home. In 2020, we shared with you the story of replacing her lawn with perennials. http://artofstonegardening.com/the-path-from-lawn-to-wonderland. She is interested […]

Rose Rosette Disease

The Rose has long been considered the most beautiful flower in the world and is often referred to as “The Queen of the Garden.” Its beauty has inspired poets, artists, composers, and lovers the world over — but to have a variety of roses in a garden here in Northeast Georgia can take quite a […]