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Planting a tree is a great way to mark your time at your home. You can watch it grow throughout the years you spend in your home, and use it as a sentimental personal mile-marker. But in order to have healthy trees for years to come, you have to use the best and correct planting methods to ensure growth.

Digging a hole that is big enough is the first key step to planting your tree. We recommend digging a hole that is at least twice the size of the root ball. Hold the root ball carefully as you place into the hole. Once the tree is placed in the hole, twist it gently to face the direction of your choosing. Make sure that if there is twine or burlap surrounding the root ball that you cut it off and at least push it to the bottom of the hole before refilling.

After you’ve got the tree positioned to your liking backfill the hole; taking a moment every so often to make sure that your tree trunk is still standing straight. The most important part of backfilling the hole is to make sure you leave the dirt surrounding the roots loose so that they have room to easily expand.

Once your tree is in the ground with soil surrounding the roots, drive a stake into the ground through the root ball. The stake will help to protect the tree against wind or any of the other natural elements. Make sure you don't tie the stake too tight, though, so that the trunk as room to grow. In the beginning stages of tree planting, make sure you water it every day. As time progresses, however, you can slowly reduce watering frequency, We hope that these tips help to ensure healthy tree growth in your yard!

If you’re an herb gardener you’ve probably been reaping the benefits of your hard work all summer long. Mint, Rosemary and Basil are just a few of the flavorful herbs you’ve probably harvested. As hard as it may seem though, we are heading towards the fall. This is the time that you want to start deciding where you are going to transplant your herbs for the winter. Herbs such as Parsley, Chives, Thyme and Rosemary can be dug up straight from the garden and moved to pots to continue producing all year long so that they are ready to go back outdoors next spring.

Continue to deep water and fertilize your lawn to give it the best chance of successfully surviving the winter. You can also look at what cool season grasses can grow in your particular area if you do not live in Western North Carolina, and order those seeds now so that procrastination doesn’t leave you seedless!
The weather’s still hot, but now is the time to start planning for fall. We’ve talked about steps you can take to prepare your lawn for fall, but what about on a more personal level? Once the weather begins to cool and the leaves begin to change, there is nothing better than having a patio where you can enjoy the surrounding scenery. At TPS Landscaping not only do we specialize in helping to design your planters and lawn, but we also can help to design your perfect patio. Make sure you take some time to peruse through our Portfolio to see some of our completed projects. Outdoor fireplaces are a great addition to keeping a patio usable all year round. Patios do not have to be enjoyed strictly during the summer, and we’d love to meet with you to talk about different stone and paver options for how best to accent your house with an outdoor living space addition!
We’re in the midst of the “Dog Days of Summer” here in Western North Carolina. That’s right, the hottest time of year is upon us, so what does that mean for your garden? The sun is a constant threat, although we’ve been experiencing quite a bit of rain the last few weeks. The best times to garden are in the early morning or the late afternoon before the sun rises the temperature, meaning that for many of us that really leaves only the weekend to tend to our gardens. We’ve got a few tips for you to consider for your gardens during August to help them continue to flourish even in the heat!

We talked a little bit about the importance of lawn preparation. Preparing your lawn for next summer might seem premature, but healthy aerating and seeding now can make all the difference come summer 2018. So to reinforce, prepare your grass for fall seeding and planting by removing weeds and ordering seeds now if necessary, aerate your lawn and turn your mower blade on the highest setting. Parts of your lawn might turn brown this type of year, don’t sweat it.

If you have specialized in growing various herbs this summer such as rosemary, basil or mint now is the time to cut them and freeze them to store during the winter. You might have seen the frozen blocks of basil at grocery stores such as Trader Joes, but there is no reason to pay for it if you’ve got it flourishing in your backyard!

Now is the time to place orders for trees or shrubs you want to plant in the fall. Don’t procrastinate. And if you want some seasonal color but don’t want to deal with the hassle of planning your landscape, give TPS Landscaping a call. We are always willing to set up an appointment and help to design your perfect planter. Leave the job to us!

When it comes to lawncare, you always have to be thinking ahead. Even though we are still enjoying this summer, there are fall services that will help prepare your lawn for next year. Now is the time to plan ahead for fall preparational lawn care.  At TPS Landscaping, taking care of your yard is our speciality, just ask our customers. We've listed some of the services that we recommend and provide below, so that you can begin to think about how you want to prepare your lawn in the fall. 


An aerator pulls plugs out of your soil. This helps loosen compacted soil and allows air and water to reach the roots. This helps your roots grow more deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn for next spring. In turn, that better prepares the grass for the heat and stress of the summer months. By aerating in the late summer, you give your lawn a fall growing season and a spring growing season to deepen roots a prepare for next summer.

Fall Seeding

When aeration is combined with a late summer or early fall reseeding, you double your benefit. Not only does the aeration help your existing grass, but disturbing the topsoil also gives your new seeds a great way to make contact with the earth to ensure better germination rates and a thicker more healthy lawn. By giving these seedlings a typically cooler fall and moist growing season, they will be well prepared for winter and a great spring to come.


Fall Fertilization

The final step is giving your existing grass and new seedlings enough food to hibernate for the winter. Although our cool season grasses that stay green all year technically don't hibernate, they do nearly stop their growth process. Think of fall fertilization as the way you prepare your lawn with proper nutrients to build it up for a long winter's nap. Once the warm rays of spring hit it, your lawn will be in a much better position and get jumpstart on the spring growing season.

There you have it! Our three-step process for the fall to help you have your best lawn yet next summer. We are booking quickly, so don't wait too long to call so that your lawn has as much opportunity as possible to prepare for winter.