4 Tips Gardening Beginners Can Use This Summer

Gardening beginners can easily use these tips during the summer weather

4 Tips Gardening Beginners Can Use This Summer

Gardening beginners can easily use these tips during the summer weather
The summer weather is finally upon us. Temperatures are rising and the weather, aside from a few storms here and there, is absolutely beautiful. If you’re like many Middle Tennessee residents, you cannot wait to get outside and tend to your garden.


If you happen to be an avid gardener, you have already started prepping and getting ready for a beautiful garden weeks ago. However, in Middle Tennessee, the temperature and weather difference between spring and summer can be drastic — especially for your flowers and other plants.


Don’t take the summer heat and the sunshine lightly! Use these tips to ensure that your garden stays beautiful all summer long.


Weed Your Garden Regularly

When summer arrives, it’s time for garden and lawn weeds to party! Seemingly overnight, these tiny annoyances can grow and spread like wildfire. For the best garden results, make sure to eliminate weeds on a weekly basis. If you forget to weed your garden, the weeds will use up all the nutrients and water your plants require.


Don't forget to weed your garden!

Your Lawn and Garden Needs to Stay Hydrated Too

Just like you and your family need to stay hydrated in the summer heat, so do your plants. Be sure to frequently water your garden. But, don’t drown them! If you give your plants too much water, you could jeopardize the health of your garden.


Water a Flower Day is May 30, 2015
In fact, celebrate Water a Flower day on May 30th by properly watering your garden!


Use Compost to Fertilize Your Garden

Have you considered using compost in your Middle Tennessee home or community garden? Compost is considered a great fertilizer for gardens. Why? Compost contains an incredible amount of nutrients, which in turn makes your plants healthier and absolutely gorgeous!


Many home gardeners use compost as a replacement for mulch. When using compost as a moisture holding mulch, ensure that there are about 2-3 inches of compost around your plants. Just like mulch, be sure to check on your garden and tend to it regularly to elicit the great benefits associated with compost.


Don’t forget, Composting Day is on May 29th! Use the day to explore the endless possibilities associated with using compost.


Explore New Garden Possibilities

Having a garden allows homeowners to explore a variety of creative and stunning possibilities. Whether you want to have a vegetable garden, a vertical potted plant hanger or try planting the many native Middle Tennessee plants, you can! For a beautiful garden, try using these perennial flowers in your home garden this year.



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Shelbyville, Tennessee — A Hidden Gem

Shelbyville, Tennessee — A great place to live, work, and relax!

Shelbyville, Tennessee — A Hidden Gem

Shelbyville, Tennessee — A great place to live, work, and relax!

Tucked away in Bedford County lies beautiful Shelbyville, Tennessee. Unbeknownst to many, even those who live in Middle Tennessee, Shelbyville has a rich past and a brighter future.


If you are looking to move in the near future, perhaps your new home is located in Shelbyville!

Shelbyville’s Intriguing History

Shelbyville was incorporated in 1819, nine years after initially being laid out. Several years later, the Civil War began, and Middle Tennessee residents know exactly what that means — battles.


The Battle of Shelbyville took place after the Battle of Hoover’s Gap had ceased. After several fatalities and fights, General Bragg took charge towards Chattanooga, and General Rosecrans followed suit — eventually capturing the area on September 8, 1863.


Middle Tennessee is chock full of intriguing civil war battles, history, and stories. Our region was one of the most pivotal moments in the entire war, and Shelbyville’s participation is no exception.


The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee


One of the most “must see” events is the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. Every year, the event takes place for 11 days and ends on the Saturday night before Labor Day.


Shelbyville is home to the 105-acre Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration complex that boasts over 53 barns, 1,500 stalls and a massive outdoor stadium.


If you and your family members enjoy equestrian events, you cannot miss this! As the premier event for the Tennessee Walking Horse, spectators will have the opportunity to watch the World Grand Champion and multiple other World Champions be named, right here in Shelbyville, Tennessee.


Plus, the event has so much more for you, your family and friends to check out. Fans from all over the nation and the world travel from near and far to Shelbyville, Tennessee to enjoy this one-of-a-kind event!


Drinks, Food, Entertainment and So Much More

Just like every other town in Middle Tennessee, Shelbyville is known for great food! From Bar-B-Que to coffee shops, to good old American dining, you can find everything here.


When you’re looking for something to do with friends and family, consider taking a trip to the Fly Arts Center. This unique entertainment option houses a community theater, reception hall, historical museum, and art gallery. This one-stop shop for the arts is not to be missed.


And, of course, who can resist a trip to the winery? Shelbyville is located near two local wineries: Tri-Star Vineyard and Winery, and Beans Creek Winery. Be sure to schedule some time out of your weekend to check out one or both of these delicious hidden gems!


A Growing Economy

Multiple major manufacturers are located in Shelbyville, including:


  • Jostens
  • Cebal America
  • Bemis Custom Products
  • Calsonic Kansei
  • A Tyson Foods facility
  • A Wal-Mart distribution center


Many small and locally owned businesses are also thriving in Shelbyville!


Interested in moving to Shelbyville, Tennessee? Contact your local, trusted PARKS agent today to get the process started!







PARKS Continues to Support Goodwill of Middle Tennessee Through Pick-Up Service

Bob Parks was the first PARKS employee to use the Goodwill Pick-Up Service

PARKS Continues to Support Goodwill of Middle Tennessee Through Pick-Up Service

In an ongoing commitment to community support, PARKS is partnering with Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee for a unique pick-up service. Whether you are moving or are in charge of an estate, Goodwill will help you organize your items through a pick-up service. Our own Bob Parks kicked off our new relationship with Goodwill by scheduling the first pick-up.


How can you take advantage of this opportunity to organize your belongings and benefit your community at the same time? Keep reading to find out!


Bob Parks was the first PARKS employee to use the Goodwill Pick-Up Service

Call Goodwill When You’re Moving!

When your trusted PARKS agent has handed over the keys to your beautiful new home in Middle Tennessee, it’s time to call Goodwill. Why? They’ll take the stress out of moving, by collecting donated items including:


  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Books
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Sporting Goods
  • Tools
  • Glassware
  • Instruments
  • And so much more


If you do not plan on bringing all of these items to your new home, help out your local community instead by calling the Goodwill pick-up service. After all, Bob Parks did!


The best part is, the Goodwill professionals will come to your home to pick-up all your belongings. You don’t have to drive anywhere! All of your donations are tax deductible, and receipts will be given out at pick up.

Estate Pick-Up Services Available, Too!

In the situation that you are helping a loved one move or taking care of the estate after a family member has passed away, Goodwill can assist during this difficult situation as well. The Goodwill Estate Pick-Up program will:


  • Itemize, pack and remove your donations from the property.
  • Provide an itemized inventory donation receipt.
  • Take all eligible items for donation.

Supporting the Mission of Goodwill


Goodwill sells donated goods with the purpose of providing employment and training opportunities for individuals with disabilities or have trouble finding and keeping jobs. PARKS supports Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and will continue to help benefit our local communities.


When you are moving into your new home in Middle Tennessee, don’t forget to schedule your donation pick-up with Goodwill! You’ll feel great knowing that you’ve helped your community and have a lighter load to move, all at the same time.


To schedule your pick-up appointment, contact Suzanne Fletcher at 615.346.1843 or Suzanne.fletcher@givegw.org.

5 Easy Ways to Stay Cool and Safe in the Hot Summer Heat

Stay cool and hydrated with these five tips

5 Easy Ways to Stay Cool and Safe in the Hot Summer Heat

The hot weather is finally here! This week alone is supposed to be upwards of 90 degrees at some points. Naturally, you’ll want to spend time with family and friends enjoying the beautiful Middle Tennessee outdoors and upcoming events. However, if you’re not careful, you could end up overheated and plagued with awful sunburn. Use these tips to stay cool in the summer heat.


This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people completely forget to drink water and other healthy liquids on hot days. When spending a day at the beach or going hiking, always bring enough water for the day. Remember, soda and other sugary drinks are not a good substitution for water on scorching hot days.

Stay cool and hydrated with these five tips

Work Out in the Early Morning or Late Evening

If you enjoy running, hiking, biking, or exercising outdoors, try to do so during the early morning or late evening hours. The temperature during this time will not be unbearable and you can get your maximum exercise while enjoying the weather and staying cool.


Frequent Healthy Snacks

There’s a reason we eat lighter types of food during the summer — it keeps us cooler and healthier. Remember to choose foods such as fruit and vegetables for the best results and a great summer!


Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

No one enjoys a blistering sunburn. Remember to apply sunscreen before going outside for long periods of time. Don’t forget to use sunscreens with a higher SPF to protect your children!

Wear Loose Fitting, Light Colored Clothing

If you’re going to an outdoor concert or festival, don’t wear a sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt if it’s in the upper 90s. Along the same lines, don’t wear skin tight clothing either. Loose fitting clothing allows for air circulation, keeping you cool at all times.


How do you beat the heat during Middle Tennessee’s hot summer weather?