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Commercial Landscaping: From Outside In.

While most people try not to judge a book by it’s cover, the majority of us gravitate towards relying on our gut feelings. With that, includes how a business looks on the outside. As a company, you may have the best biscuits in town, but if it looks like a scene from the x-files – people may drive right on by. Commercial landscaping and presentation, we believe, is a way that a company can take itself to the next level.

Snow Creek crew member mowing the grass at a commercial property.There are many benefits to having professional landscaping at your business. We feel the following areas are reasons enough to invest:

  • Your impression on the world
  • Community and Property Investment
  • Working with the environment

First impressions

We aren’t saying everyone needs an elaborate waterfall, stone walkways, and native flowers (though, it would be cool!). What we are saying is that each business has an opportunity to instantly impress their potential customers. Rarely can a business get away with looking like a dump but offering 5 star service.

Landscape to your brand

When investing in a landscape to enhance your business, be consistent with your brand. Not everything has to be taken to an elaborate level, but instead it should focus on the environment you want to create. First impressions can emphasize the feel of your brand, from a clean and open space with accent plants, to a more rustic and organic landscape.

Keep it looking good

The upkeep of your landscape is what keeps people continuously feeling the effects of its beauty. Not many people enjoy having dead or messy plants around, so make your plan of action to include maintenance.

Sometimes it’s best to let others be in control of your landscape and invest your time elsewhere. After all, that is the point of owning a business. If lawn care isn’t your cup of tea (or brew – since this is Asheville), let someone else take care of it.

Thinking of the property and community

Commercial landscaping can help  you financially, as well as help your presence within the community. Recognize where you are located and what that means with surrounding property value and local trends. DSC00511

Property Investment

Owning property as a business owner can bring a lot of joy and financial gains. With proper landscaping, you can increase the property value and create happy neighbors. Preventing tree damage or developing rain gardens are also ways to help decrease potential property damage – and save money.

Community Relations

For some business owners, such as hotel or housing developers, the landscape can keep customers happy and feel settled. For businesses within the community, take time to recognize your role. Enhancing the look of your business has a dramatic effect on the local community members, other businesses, and even the local economy.

Work with the environment

With environmentally friendly designs, your business can look good and benefit the environment. Utilizing native plants with intentional designs can help promote water retention, soil erosion, as well as supporting your local plant species. Specific plant placement can also save you on electricity bills through reducing or conserving your heat buildup.

Take it insideContainer gardens used in commercial landscaping, like the ones snow creek planted at the Asheville Outlet Mall, can help promote a relaxed environment.

Did you know that an increase of plants inside can be directly related to happiness and productivity with workers? Imagine what that does to your customers. Simple container gardens placed around can help with that transition from the outside in.

Need help with commercial landscaping?

Are you a business owner in the surrounding Asheville area looking to invest in landscaping for your company? Let’s see how we can help achieve your branding through the natural environment. We offer a full range of services from design, installation, maintenance and are committed to helping you reach your visual goals. Our goal is to create headache free service for local businesses that support all their commercial landscaping needs.

Questions to ask when choosing plants.

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Choosing plants that need less support over time create a wonderful look.

 

We have all been there, 20 minutes deep into deciding between two plants – neither of which you have any experience with. Seeing any outdoor or indoor plant flourish in your care is a great accomplishment. The flip side, however, is when you realize your lack of knowledge left it silently screaming for the right caretaker. It’s okay. It happens. Follow these simple guidelines and let’s see if choosing plants can become a little easier and more successful.

 

Some of our selected plants for projects getting ready in the nursery at Snow Creek Landscaping

After choosing plants, they wait for their home at the Snow Creek Landscaping nursery.

 

Location, Location, Location!

The location of any plant is incredibly important for multiple reasons. If it aesthetically looks great positioned next to the open and sunny walkway, but it is a plant that survives only in shady areas – it isn’t going to last or reach it’s full potential. Let’s break it down into three areas of location.

Geographical location:

While indoor plants have the capability to live in the environment you create for them, outdoor plants often are stuck with what mother nature provides them. Tropical plants inside? Yes. Tropical plants at your lake house on the border of Canada? Not so much. We can learn from our mistakes, but some things just aren’t meant to be!

Choosing plants for your home or office must be based on whether or not you can provide the right habitat that they were meant to live in. For us, the winters and climate of Asheville, NC aren’t habitable to many plants that people associate with the south.  Get native, get results.

Property placement:

You found it, the perfect bush that both attracts your eye AND thrives in your area. These days, we relatively can alter the soil and environment that will welcome the success of specific plant species.  If changing your environment isn’t an option, however, you must take into account the needs of the plant.

Learn the environmental needs of a plant and compare them to what your space can offer. Will it be able to breathe or does it need direct sunlight? If your backyard is heavily clay based, will you need to add additional soil and nutrients to allow it to flourish? Is it accessible to your cat who ultimately loves to break potted plants? Hey – it’s a thing!

Ask yourself these questions to help find the perfect environment within your home.

Aesthetics:

This is a big deal for both the look and feel of either your home or place of business. Though, at the end of the day this is ultimately your decision. In your environment, you are the decision maker.

Note: you still can’t change the biological needs of a plant.

Take time researching the thousands upon thousands of examples on the internet. Get a feel for what makes you feel good at the time, but also what will grow into it’s environment. Most importantly, have fun with it!

Choosing plants based on your commitment.

Maintaining happy plants means working with their needs. There is no simple way around that.

Personal Commitment

If you want your office to be tropical oasis, but you have historically never watered your plants – start small. Learn to create systems that will help you remember to take care of your new green friends, then progressively add additional ones as you become comfortable. Set reminders, create visuals, or download an app. Yes, it is a thing.

Don’t put yourself in a situation where you invest in greening up your environment, then see it wither away. Write down a list of your previous strengths and struggles as a plant or yard owner, and start there. It all starts with what you can provide.

Additional support

We have helped many clients in the Asheville area create the perfect landscape to emphasize their surroundings. Hand selected plant species are tailored to work with their specific location. For many, they already know that they cannot provide the maintenance to keep it thriving and looking great. Others can upkeep the occasional needs, but may need a larger upkeep during the year.

 

If you are in the greater Asheville, Western North Carolina area and looking to expand your yard into a personalized oasis, reach out to our team and see how we can assist your needs. We have a staff of highly qualified naturalists, arborists, botanists, and horticulturists on our natural resource management (NRM) team to work with our designers and clients.

 

 

Building a Patio: For You and Your Home.

Summer is the time of barbecues, star gazing and socializing outside with your friends. Building a patio allows home owners to transcend the walls of their home and extend the comforts into an outdoor environment. Many outdoor living areas become the birthplace of memories that last a lifetime. Who doesn’t love a good backyard party?

Building a patio before and after picture with additional space, outdoor kitchen, and finished landscaping.

Building a patio before and after.

All of us can use more fresh air, sunlight, and getting away from the confines of your home or work. For majority of us, we just feel good being outside.

Building a patio means added home value.

Increasing the look and accessibility of your backyard is automatically going to add value to your home. Spending the money now, could potentially benefit the owner if selling the home ever becomes an option.

Introduce the outdoors as an extension of your home.

One of the great aspects of a patio is the ability to be on the same level as the rest of your house and yard. By creating an accessible transition from your outdoor living room to the grassy backyard, you are increasing that connection between nature and your home.

Work with your environment, not against it. 

Creating an outdoor living area does not mean taking away from your yard. A well-planned site will minimize disruption to the natural terrain. Designing an outdoor living room should emphasize nature, while giving you a better place to relax.  A well designed backyard is more likely to increase your property value, than one that doesn’t flow with your house.

The added benefits for your health and social life.

Are you tired of being inside all day? Relaxing in a comfortable outdoor environment is often the best way to end a long day. Want to be the talk of the summer? Creating a comfortable and relaxed outdoor environment can increase your urge to invite your friends over!

Better focus.

In a study by University of Michigan, researchers concluded that being in nature can help give your brain break from the overstimulating aspects of one’s life. While you may not be able to go hiking or backpacking every weekend, you can certainly create your own natural environment at home.

Be the talk of your friends.

Wanting to have a great yard to host your friends is a justified reason to invest in a outdoor living room. Spending quality time with your social circle is something that can make a bad day seem not so bad.

If you are in the Western North Carolina/Aseville area and looking to create your dream backyard, reach out to and let us work with you in making that dream come true.

See some pictures of one of our recent projects we worked on.

Outdoor cooking area.

Work on your cooking skills outside this year.

Outdoor living area on patio in western north carolina.

Easy place to relax outside.

Outdoor living area on patio in western north carolina.

Bar area with comfortable landscaped area.