Edge of Tomorrow

One very common design element in the field of landscaping is garden edging. This is something my clients are always asking me to do for their yard. Though I do think edging can be useful both visually and practically, there are some aspects of it that not every landscape artist will tell you about. As […]

I Speak for the Trees pt. 1

tree hugger

As a certified arborist, I guess you could call me a professional tree hugger. I recently attended  the International Society of Arboriculture conference and I have a lot to share with you all about trees. In this 3 part series, I will dive into the reasons why we need trees, the types of trees we […]

Small Yard, Big Renovation

You’ve heard of tiny homes. You know, those itty bitty buildings that could pass as tree houses or a kid’s play place? They are small but efficient, a smart and simplified space that is thoughtfully arranged to include all the important stuff in one bite-sized unit. Well that’s what we make sometimes but the difference, […]

Take it or Leaf it: Advice on Plants in Pots

Plants, like people, are tough. Both can adapt to a wide range of living conditions. Though plants thrive naturally outdoors where they can spread their roots in the ground, they can also survive in many other situations, such as in pots. If you have shied away from planting in pots, read on. Here’s a primer […]

Coming to Grips with Gravel

Coming to Grips with Gravel: What it is and How it’s Used  I have a friend who has gotten herself into a tizzy about gravel. Really? As she sees it, gravel is everywhere – at home on the driveway and neighborhood roads, at work on walkways and by flowerbeds. It’s by culverts and drains, in […]

Secret Wall, Secret Garden

This past year we had a client in Sautee Nacoochee that had a failing wooden retaining wall supporting a cracked and failing driveway. The yard, however, was a beautiful array of mountain laurel and native North Georgia foliage. Our job was simple: tear down the current construction and replace it with a wall and driveway […]

From Mudslide to Tranquil Terrace

Who’s ready to talk about drainage issues again? What can I say, water is everywhere and can do major damage to a landscape without proper guidance. In our many years of working on people’s yards, drainage is almost always a part of the project. Builders often create beautiful houses without giving much thought to the […]

Digging Deep in Dahlonega

One of our clients in Dahlonega, GA was experiencing a great deal of water leakage in his basement. Water was streaming in from multiple directions and he couldn’t figure out why. Initially, he had tried solving the issue on his own by installing a dry creek bed. But even after this, water continued to drain […]

How to Stop a Runaway Driveway

Our client in Rabun County has a fabulous lot on Lake Burton but not a lot of money to do all that is needed in terms of post construction landscaping. They’ve done things in bits and pieces such as planting trees and bushes, putting down sod, building a retaining wall. The driveway, though, was beyond […]