As of 2020 the following services have been completely dedicated to the design, creation, and maintenance of Camp Chet
A park is an area of land intentionally set aside, and often designed, as a natural habitat for wildlife and human enjoyment and recreation.
We believe every property owner should enjoy the benefits of being
surrounded by their own private park. This is the core of our mission and the foundation of our business.
If you must make a child go play outside that is a clear sign you have a problem. Stop trying to tackle the
problem by restricting computer and game time; you need to spend some time making your property more compelling.
Of course, it's not just children that need some incentive to get outside and needs are different through the various phases of life but the wellbeing benefits are universal. The great thing is outdoor spaces
can be molded over time and nature is very good at adapting at our direction. Here are some questions to spark your creativity:
- Do you have exciting places for children to explore?
- Are there quiet places for reflection?
- How about open space for activities and game play?
- Would you like private areas for couples that need alone time?
- Can you find shady spots for summer and warm areas for cooler days?
- Do you enjoy many nights outside? Why not?
- How do you feel about listening to the rain from a dry comfortable chair?
- Have you ever had a good time in a Hammock, Swing, or Rocking Chair?
- Is gazing at a fire relaxing to you? (Note: Not your house or your arm...)
Rough / Finish Grading
Grading is the shaping of land profile to accomplish a desired result. In many cases, we are controlling water; forcing water to drain away from structures, road, paths, and other occupied spaces
is paramount. Of course, creating level spots to occupy in the first place cannot be dismissed.
Rough Grading takes place at the beginning and during the project. Finish Grading takes place just before the landscapers come to complete the final touches.
Erosion Control is required when the volume and speed of water flow is sufficient to take soil and vegetation with it. We always want to direct water in a safe direction but may also want to slow it down,
or even contain it. Ditches, Swales, Berms, Ponds, Marshes, and Grading are some of the tools we can use to stop erosion.
Backfilling is the repairing of grade following some construction task. Examples are filling ditches left when installing utilities, septic systems, and drainage or the completion of basement walls.
Site Preparation can involve many tasks depending on what the site is being prepared for. Most often it includes some tree removal and brush cutting. Many times, Rock removal / relocation, Building Site leveling, and
Topsoil removal are also required.
Boulder / Rock Walls
In Middle Tennessee, we all know the term 'Rocky Top'. Most of the land around here has plenty of rock to go around and many times it is a nuisance simply because it is in the wrong place. We value everything
a piece of property supplies and look for opportunities to repurpose resources. If you're tired of banging your mower into those rocks, we can dig them up and move them where they are useful to you. Rock walls
can create some valuable level ground on a slope and a fire pit is always a great use for large rocks. We can't dig them all up but often we can turn cursing into blessing.
Post and Tree Augers
Need to dig a bunch of holes?
Whether you are putting in a long fence, building a large deck, planting an orchard, or just like holes, we can help!
A few holes are easily dug with hand tools but there is certainly a number at which you decide to rent an auger to help. Everyone has different thresholds and budgets but when those numbers exceed your desire to
tackle the project even with a rental, give us a call. Our track loader mounted auger will power through the job and leave you with the energy to finish the fun stuff.
When it's too tough for a mower.
Our brush cutter can push through the deepest grass and weeds but also shreds unwanted shrubs and saplings, leaving land that may be maintained with a mower when we leave.
Land Clearing often includes Brush Cutting but also involves more extensive work like pushing trees down and removing large rocks.
Gravel Driveways and Roads
Building a driveway or private road involves stripping all organic material / topsoil from the area and laying a strong course rock base down in its place. We don't pour concrete or lay asphalt but we can prepare the
area for a contractor to do so or we can top it with a finer gravel for a smooth long-lasting surface.
Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
While encompassing a wide variety of disciplines, the foundation in implementing Permaculture practices on a site is the design and the earthworks. When these 2 tasks are done correctly, the site may
perform well for hundreds of years without any human intervention.
The following tasks are some of the earthworks tools we use to establish Permaculture ideas on a site.
Swales on Contour
A swale is a depression in the ground similar to a ditch. They differ in that ditches are intended to move water away from an area and swales are intended to capture water and hold it on-site.
Swales are often used on slopes where runoff is occurring and the desire is to prevent erosion and/or promote water retention and absorption. It can also be desirable to make use of the newly created
underground water store by planting beneficial trees and plants on the downhill side of each swale. A dry eroded hillside can become a lush food producing orchard in just a few years.
This is really the essence of all excavation. When you need a flat spot for a house, cabin, trailer, shed, or regulation polo field you may need to move a hill. Maybe a creek would be a little more awesome if
you could just move it 20 feet. Or perhaps creating a creek through a large marshy field would create more useable dry land. In some cases, you may have dry land around a spring or creek and would like to have
a rice paddy or pond in its place.
All of these scenarios require moving earth and changing the contour of the land to facilitate your needs.
Swales, valleys, paddy's, marshes, and ponds can all be used for rainwater harvesting.
The concept is simple; when we get too much rain water we would like to store it for times when there is too little. What falls on our land, stays on our land, so we don't have to import any from
somewhere else. It's our job to control and moderate our natural surroundings for its benefit as well as ours. In doing so, many times we will create new wildlife habitats that would not have happened otherwise.