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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 […]

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 […]

You Can’t Paint a Dirty Wall (or Sidewalk)

We had a client this past year whose concrete sidewalk needed a facelift. It was old, dirty, and created a lackluster pathway leading to the entrance of an otherwise beautiful home. The homeowner previously tried to pain the sidewalk in an effort to hide the ugly concrete. Have you ever heard the saying you can’t […]

How to: Watering in the Winter

In case you didn’t know, watering your plants in the winter is integral to ensuring their survival. Winter weather is cold, dry, and windy, a villainous trio of conditions out to wreak havoc on your garden. The low humidity and strong dry winds of winter can cause root damage, which affects the health of the […]

 Keeping the Soil Where it Belongs

Because our business involves disturbing land, we are very aware of the need to keep soil in its place. I was reminded of this recently by a walk in my neighborhood.  I live a few streets away from the Etowah River in Lumpkin County. While on my walk, I looked through the woods and noticed […]

Staying Current with Water Features

Jason and I have installed many water features over the years. They can range widely in their complexity and might be overwhelming at first to consider adding to your garden. However, I believe they are always worth it. Water, in its ancient ways, provides tranquility, prosperity, and restoration. Don’t underestimate what the power of a […]

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 […]