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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soaking in the Green

Do you love walking in the woods? Do you find yourself more at ease and at peace when in a quiet green space? Walking in the woods is what brings me peace. I moved to Dahlonega precisely because of its proximity to hilly wooded trails. Now I have a term to use for why I […]

I Speak for the Trees pt. 3

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 about trees. This is the final blog of my 3 part series. In the first part, I elaborated on the importance of trees […]

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 […]