The Dirt!

A blog dedicated to organic gardens, landscaping ideas, and optimal business practices!

In celebration of our 15th birthday, we’re sharing 15 interesting facts about ourselves and what makes us one of Nashville’s most beloved locally owned landscape companies and garden centers. 
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Happy Birthday to us! We're turning 15 and celebrating the spring kick off on April 14th, with free cake and ice cream, records, balloons, and a chance to win a free landscape services package through our silent landscape services auction.
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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to completely renovate your home in order to significantly raise the value of your property. This may come as a surprise to some, but out of all the upgrades you can make to your home, improving the landscaping has one of the highest returns on investment aside from bathroom renovation. In fact, high-quality landscaping can add an impressive 20% to the value of your home.
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I was honored to have been called out to a rental property in downtown Nashville where the owner was looking to take the atmosphere up a notch by adding certain design elements which one might find in the bold surroundings of South Beach Florida.  After our designs and concepts were approved, we set out to add a little flare to the already impressive balcony which possessed multiple sitting areas, a sun deck, custom pool, hot tub, and the most breathtaking view of downtown Nashville.
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We recently finished a backyard landscape which will be featured on Volunteer Gardener later this Summer.  The backyard belonged to a traditional ranch style home in East Nashville.  For more videos that inspire, visit http://video.wnpt.org/show/volunteer-gardener/
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Though sod can be laid during most parts of the year, fall and early spring really are optimal times The temps are cool and the moisture is high.  Along with proper timing, a good foundation of graded compost and microbiologic fertilizers help get the green stuff off to a booming start.  We suggest a 1" under layer of premium compost and granular fertilizer per application rates.  Liquid natural fertilizers can also be applied throughout the seasons to help keep turf at its finest.
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These last few weeks of summer, we can let our land and bodies rest. But we can also prepare for fall, which starts Sept. 22. Scattered thunderstorms should refresh our yards soon. The following ideas can make our Middle Tennessee landscapes more natural and sustainable:
 

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Every now and then I'm asked for  landscape design tips.  I came across an article in Better Homes and Gardens and thought it worth sharing.  For those starting out in this wide world of exterior artistry...welcome to the rest of your life.  Once this bug bites you, it usually doesn't let go, at least for not for awhile anyways.  It can be a blessing, however, since instead of itching and swelling, it can cause your property value to increase.  Imagine that.  Plus, if you do some of the landscaping yourself, you'll be burning calories, reducing stress, and coming home to a more beautiful setting.  Not too bad eh?

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Looking for an organic method of weed control in your garden or landscape?  Let our professional landscaping company show you how to cut your weeding time in half!!  Matt Kerske explains the tools that quickly get the job done in this quick 3 minute clip.  And remember friends, try and always use a mulch when possible to reduce the spread of weeds in your landscape.  Not only will it help to reduce weeds, but if it is wood based, it'll also help hold moisture and break down into organic matter.
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Check out Matt Kerske's latest video for a quick tutorial on how to use buckwheat and cowpeas to organically enrich your soil on the cheap! 
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