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Three Reasons Why You Need a Rain Garden

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-Three-Reasons-Why-You-Need-a-Rain-GardenIf you’ve lived in Nashville long, you know severe summer storms are a prevalent issue for residents. Lightning damage, flash flooding and strong winds can all cause damage to people’s property around Middle Tennessee. And while the Parke Company can assist in emergency maintenance matters such as fallen trees, we can also help in preventative measures.

New regulations in the Nashville area are now calling for stormwater rules that alleviate stormwater issues and actually help the neighborhood you live in. And while there are many options available for these guidelines, one of the most popular choices is rain gardens. These beautiful little flower gardens can do wonders for the nearby watersheds, creeks and even trees. These gardens collect water runoff during storms and filter it.

Not sure whether a rain garden is the way to go? These gardens are easy to build and can go in a variety of areas on your landscape, even near trees! But don’t worry if you don’t have the time to build one; Parke is here to help. Rain gardens are typically eight to ten inches deep. They resemble bowls with flat bottoms, and are essentially scooped-out flower beds. Once the bed is filled, a percolation test will be completed to determine the absorption rate of the soil. If the speed of the soil absorption isn’t quite right, our landscape experts can amend the soil for you until it is. Once the soil is right, our team will plant the garden with your choice of native perennials for you to enjoy all season long. So why should you install a rain garden in your landscape, anyway? Well, here are a few reasons:

Provides clean water and promotes local ecosystem

If you love your community in Nashville as much as we do, then you probably want to do what you can to promote a healthy, local ecosystem. Having a rain garden not only provides clean water, but it also encourages the local ecosystem to thrive. Think of the air, water, trees, bees and other critters that use flower beds for their livelihoods.

Alleviates flooding during storms
Believe it or not, rain gardens are great ways to monitor flooding during a storm. If you have one of these flower beds on your landscape, no need to worry about all your trees or irrigation systems flooding. The garden filters the rainwater through the soil and refills local watersheds effectively without causing harm to areas around it.

Makes your landscape beautiful
Flower beds make beautiful elements to your landscape. You can add a variety of Nashville native flowers to give your garden an eye-popping look. Surround the garden with trees or shrubs and bushes. Be creative with it! If you need inspiration, call Parke for help. They can recommend where to install and what flowers go best in the garden.

Our team of landscape experts can design and construct your rain garden so you don’t have to. These gardens are easy to maintain and are great compliments to the rest of your trees and landscape. From rain gardens to irrigation systems to removing trees, our team of arborist and landscape professionals can help deliver exactly what you and your landscape needs. Interested in learning more about rain gardens and other water systems for your newly regulated property? Contact our crew today. We also have tree services by certified arborists for any necessary tree work you might need. Contact one of our team members today for more information!

Severe Storms and How Parke Can Help

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-Severe-Storms-and-How-Parke-Can-Help-fell-treeNashville summer storms are nothing new. So you probably already know that one minute it can be sunny and the next it is stormy with flash floods and fallen branches. This is a common occurrence in Middle Tennessee, so it is important to be cautious and prepared if disaster strikes your own landscape. If the worst occurs and a tree or a large branch falls and causes damage or obstruct a driveway or road, stay level-headed and have an action plan.

Keep these things in mind during those volatile summer thunderstorms:

Remain calm
It is easier said than done, we know! But staying calm will keep things running smoothly from the moment the tree falls until the damage has been fixed and things are back to normal. Remember that we are here to help! Our team of experienced arborists knows how to quickly and efficiently resolve the problem.

Assess the damage
Check to see what damage has been done. Ultimately, assess the situation and the damage to ensure everyone’s safety. Your family’s safety is our number one priority. If there is structural damage to your home, call for help immediately. If the trees are obstructing a roadway, check to see if any alternate routes are available. If power lines are down, call the Nashville Electric Service to report an outage. Insurance companies will need to be called if there is property damage, so make sure you have the correct number handy.

Call the Emergency Team Service
Our tree service can take care of multiple emergency needs such as removing trees and large branches from roadways and other structures. Licensed and insured, our team of emergency experts will remove the fallen tree from your landscape or roadway so your life can get back to normal quickly.

Schedule follow-ups for other trees
One of the biggest recommendations we make to our clients is to schedule regular tree service check-ups. While some emergency situations are out of our hands, a lot of fallen trees can be avoided if an arborist had previously come out to check on the trees. An arborist would be able to alert Nashvillians if trees are at risk of falling due to decay, disease or other issues.  

Nashville weather is fickle, which is why it is important to stay prepared! When in doubt, contact our emergency team and they can assist you with any issues you might come across. Damage from storms can cause stressful situations, but rest assured the Parke Company has you and your property covered. Contact our emergency tree service for more information or to discuss your needs for tree care within the Middle Tennessee area.

Parke also offers a wide variety of landscape services including irrigation, maintenance, design and non-emergency tree care services. They can assist you in summer storm clean-up and irrigation repair, if needed. Fallen branches and leaves from a storm can be an overwhelming chore. Do not go at it alone. Call us today for more information. Happy summer!

Reasons Why Working for Parke is Awesome

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-Reasons-Why-Working-for-the-Parke-Company-is-AwesomeHave you always been a kid at heart? Do you enjoy climbing trees and spending time outside? Then we have a job for you. Parke’s arborist team is looking for great tree climbers who can work hard and also have a passion for Nashville and its trees. Being a part of our team is one of the best career moves you can make and the reasons are endless. So if you’re an arborist (or even someone looking for a career change), look no further than our team at Parke.

Here are just a few reasons to get you started:

Climb trees all day
If you love spending time outdoors, what better way to be outside than climbing trees and enjoying the Nashville sun while getting paid? Whether it is for tree care analysis, crown thinning or repairing tree damage, as an arborist, you will get to spend time outside working with great people and taking care of some of Nashville’s most historic trees. What’s better than that?

Learn about Nashville’s vast ecosystems
Whether you have been an arborist for years, or you are just learning about the business, you can learn so much about Middle Tennessee’s natural habitat. Diving into Nashville’s native trees, invasive species, how to treat diseases and the wildlife that lives in and around the trees is part of the job description. As you learn about our local ecosystem, you will also learn how to properly treat and care for trees as you provide exceptional service to our customers.

Work with a great team
Teamwork is an important part of an arborist’s job. It can be a dangerous gig at times, so communication with other members of your team is crucial. Our arborists look out for one another and value working together. Good communication, planning and trust are crucial to getting a tree service job done the right way. A positive work environment is also a huge factor. The happiness of our crew is what makes the Parke Company a staple within the Nashville community.

If you’re interested in working with our team of arborists and in climbing trees all day, contact us today to apply. Our tree care services include tree health care analysis, disease prevention, crown thinning and tree removal. If you are not in the market for a new career change, but you are in the market for landscape or tree services, contact our crew for more information today!

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-Tree-Services-and-Your-Swimming-Pool-How-Can-Parke-Help-poolIt may not be Memorial Day quite yet, but there are plenty of pools open all over the Nashville area, and plenty more will be opening soon. So what does that have to do with your trees? Well, actually, a lot. Whether your trees the landscape around them need a little maintenance, the Parke Company’s services are valuable assets for your yard.

Our landscape and tree care experts not only make sure your trees are healthy all year long, but they also do their best to ensure safety and an enjoyable experience around the pool during the summer. From safety to sunbathing, there are a lot of factors to consider when dealing with your trees and how they might affect your swimming schedule during the warmer months.

Here are a few ways Parke can help:

Tree safety
The safety of your family and your trees are crucial, especially when you have a pool. Our arborists can do a full analysis on your trees to make sure they’re strong and sturdy. This will only further ensure the trees cannot fall on the pool. If your trees need a little care before everyone piles into the pool, our team can recommend the proper treatment or removal. And while we don’t recommend swimmers use the pool during severe weather, having a tree care analysis done on the pool’s surrounding trees is another way to ensure the utmost safety in your backyard.

Tree maintenance services
A service like crown thinning is a great way to allow sunlight to reach your pool: that’s more sun for that great summer tan! In addition, if your pool is surrounded by trees, fallen leaves can often be a nuisance. If that’s the case, our arborists can come in and trim your trees to help keep those leaves from falling in your pool. Another tree service available that your pool might benefit from would be canopy raising. Our arborists can remove lower growing branches to allow for higher head clearance, making your time outside less dangerous and far more pleasant.

Shrub and landscape maintenance
Having a professional landscape service take care of your lawn is sometimes the best option. One great benefit is that our landscape team will mow with the pool in mind. Our crew will cut the grass to make sure the clippings don’t fall into the pool, all the while keeping the lawn itself looking great. Our team of landscape experts can also assist in planting shrubs, flowers or other plants best suited near a pool. Need one more reason? Your landscape can be one less thing you have to worry about during the summer. That’s more time enjoying the pool and the warm weather!

If you’ve opened your residential or commercial pool already, don’t delay in getting your tree services completed so you can properly enjoy the summer! It doesn’t matter if you need your trees examined for safety measures or if you just need more sunlight through the canopy of the trees’ leaves, calling our arborists at Parke is the right thing to do. Our services include everything from tree service to lawn maintenance. Get your name in the books before our schedule fills up. For more information about our tree care or landscape services, contact us today.

Five Things to Know Before Climbing Trees

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-Five-Things-to-Know-Before-Climbing-TreesThe spring season has already arrived and Nashvillians are all out enjoying the warmer weather. Cheekwood in Bloom, farmer’s markets and marathons are just a few of the many outdoor activities to participate in this spring.

One simple activity kids and adults alike have been doing is climbing trees. It’s an easy way to enjoy the nature around Middle Tennessee without too much fuss or expense. But there are a few things to consider before climbing.

Here’s what you need to know:

Stay Safe

Is your tree safe enough to climb or swing? This is the most important factor to consider for tree climbers. Climbing trees can be a lot of fun but if the branches are weak it can be very dangerous. Make sure the trees are tall and healthy before attempting to climb. Do not climb any trees where the branches or trunk appear to be damaged due to lightning, disease or other noticeable factors. If you know that animals live in the tree, consider another tree and leave the critters alone.


Even if the tree looks safe, have your tree evaluated by a professional arborist to be sure. There might be issues with the trees or branches that you might not be able to see right away. Having an arborist do a full tree care work-up will be a sure-fire way to know if the tree is safe for tree climbers.


Before climbing any branches, be sure to learn or freshen up on any and all safety tips. This will help avoid injuries to you and damage to the tree. Consult with an arborist if you are unsure about the proper tree care when climbing the branches or playing in trees. Tree climbing can be a very enjoyable experience. Plus, it’s a great way to familiarize yourself with Nashville’s vast ecosystem, but you have a responsibility to the tree to know all safety measures before climbing its branches.


Have a professional arborist tie up a swing, if applicable. If you want to do more than a simple climb, our arborists can easily tie up rope and install swings from branches. Trees have been nature’s playground for years, but it’s important to acknowledge and treat the tree with care before adding a swing.  

Call for Service

Tree climbers in Nashville are all about having fun. If you’re climbing branches in your own trees, it should be for recreational and educational purposes only. If you need to complete any tree care, call our team of professional arborists. Depending on the tree service, tasks necessary to care for the tree can be dangerous. Do not attempt to complete the job yourself.

The five cardinal rules listed above can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience when climbing or swinging in the branches of your own tree. Love to climb trees but don’t have access to them in your own backyard? Music City has a couple options for you. Consider working for Parke! Our arborist team is certified and trained to complete a wide variety of tree services, and many of them include climbing trees. You might also consider a recreational tree climbing company like Tree Climbing Planet. It’s great for tree climbers who want to bring out their inner child every so often.

The Parke Company can complete a variety of tree services such as tree care analysis, crown thinning, tree removal, etc. Summer is just around the corner so don’t delay. Get your name in the books today!