Commercial and Residential Tree Service serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-School-has-started-Take-your-science-or-history-classes-outside-painting-plein-airIf you haven’t already noticed, school is back in full swing. Your kids are grabbing their notebooks and pencils and sitting back in the classroom. But it’s still summertime! So how can they learn but spend time outside and enjoy the weather before it starts getting cold? The Parke Company is always encouraging Nashvillians to get out and enjoy the trees and landscape of Middle Tennessee. We have a beautiful state, so it’s important to take advantage of it.

So whether you’re a teacher and want to get the classroom outside or you’re a parent and your children need to expel some energy outside, there are many ways they can learn by using the trees and landscape the Parke Company cares for everyday.

Here are just a few creative ways:

Learn about photosynthesis
It’s almost fall, y’all! Take this opportunity to teach the kids about how photosynthesis works and why the leaves change color in the fall. The days are getting shorter, the leaves will begin to drop to the ground, so what better time than now to learn a little science? Start now while the leaves are at their greenest and follow the branches and their leaves as they begin to turn throughout the upcoming months.

Use plants to identify types of trees
This is another great way to get people outside and looking at the trees around them. Use the leaves as a tool to identify the different kinds of native trees in our area. Examine the branches and the trunk, too. Better yet, have one of Parke’s certified arborists come out and show you different types of trees, how to tell if they’re healthy and what to do if they’re not.

Study Nashville’s historical trees
If you’re not much of a science nut but you love history, you can still utilize trees around the area to learn. Nashville is rich with history and it goes all the way to some of our oldest trees. We have the Witness Tree (among many others) and even some of the old trees in historic parks like Percy Warner. Speak with an arborist about different historic trees around Middle Tennessee and check them out! You never know what history you might learn!

Plein air painting
This activity is great for those who love to be outdoors but also love art and painting! Take a class or bring your supplies out to your backyard and paint some of the Nashville landscape. It’s a great way to bring your artistic talents to the table while enjoying our ecosystem.

There is so much to learn outside. Don’t let a schoolroom stand in the way. Want to learn more about trees and tree care? One the Parke Company’s arborists can help guide you in the right direction. If you need tree care services or any landscape or yard maintenance needs, we can take care of that too. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

Enjoy Rain Gardens, Landscapes & More This Summer

Parke-Company-tree-service-of-nashville-Enjoy-Rain-Gardens-Landscapes-More-This-SummerSchool might start in a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean the summer is over! Enjoy what’s left of this sunny weather and do a few great activities outside. And though we know it’s hot in Middle Tennessee, there are so many fun things you can do that don’t require a whole lot of effort. Sit outside under the trees, sunbathe in a pool or even go for a short evening walk with your dog. There are always so many great things that can keep you out and about in Nashville.

With that said, there are three things in particular that you can do outside with a little help from the Parke Company. Our friendly arborists are always making sure their clients have the best landscape and services available at their disposal, so if you have an activity in mind, they can easily help you accomplish it. Other than leisurely reading by the pool, what are some other fun summer activities you might be able to do?

Here are a few things to consider:

Build a Rain Garden
If you’ve lived in Nashville for any extended amount of time, then you know summer storms are a common occurrence. Though frustrating, it’s a frequent issue we all face during the warmer months. But did you know one great way to combat these storms and the flooding that comes with them is building a rain garden on your landscape? Installing a rain garden in your landscape is a great way to filter runoff stormwater and encourage your local ecosystem. And the cherry on top? It’s a fun activity for you and your family. Parke’s landscape team will help you build the garden, and you and your family can plant your favorite native plants. It’s a great way to spend some time together and learn about gardening and landscape.

Climb Trees
Climbing trees can be such a fun activity for your children during the summer, but it can also be a fun activity for adults. There are even tree climbing clubs you can find in the Nashville area, but you can also climb the trees on your landscape. Though we encourage this behavior, our arborists always ask that if you want to climb trees that you always take the proper safety precautions. We certainly understand the enjoyment of climbing branches, especially for children! That’s why we want to make sure the trees you have are sturdy so you can safely enjoy your favorite outdoor activity. Call us for a full tree care work-up and our arborists will analyze your trees and its branches for any necessary treatment.  

Explore Sites with Historical Trees
Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean you can’t learn a little history! Our arborists have worked with historical trees all over the Middle Tennessee area. Go out and explore one today! Better yet, go out and find some historical trees yourself. Find a majestic tree and study its leaves and branches. See if it has a cool backstory or if you can learn more about it. You never know what you might find in your own backyard.

There are so many entertaining things you can do outside in the summer. Don’t waste anymore time! Whether it’s working with the Parke Company on a new rain garden or trekking in Percy Warner Park, admiring the trees and their branches, summertime fun is still in full swing. Want more information about tree care and landscape services? Contact an arborist today for more information.

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!