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Showcase a Landscape That Represents You.

A 5 step assessment to help make sure you’re showcasing the true you.

For a lot of homeowners, landscaping isn’t necessarily a priority. As professional landscapers, we also know not to take offense to this. We work with people from all backgrounds, ages, and at various stages of being a homeowner. From the first time buyers, to seasoned ‘real estate-ers’ who know the market, home inspections, and the perfect harmony between DIY and calling for help. They all call, we answer, and most of the time – we learn that their current landscape situation isn’t exactly representing them correctly.

Even though we’re typically the last on the list of home improvement specialists, we know – deep down – that we’re the most important ones. For one, horticulture and agriculture are extremely important to our success as humans. Secondly, have you ever driven by what you perceived was an “abandoned” home, only to find out that it’s indeed inhabited? Or on the flip side, actually had to physically lift your chin up from the ground as you cruise by a home / amusement park hybrid?

Now when we ask these questions, take into account that we aren’t looking to pass judgement on one’s abilities to maintain, afford or physically create their dream landscape design. In fact, we’re the opposite. We want to help enrich lives, naturally, and we understand that everyone is at a different stage of their life. Take this as an exercise to assess your 2020 goals and resolutions with a clear vision on what your landscape is saying about you.

Puns fully intended both on and off the yard.

For each of the categories below, try and give a true assessment on whether or not your yard is truly representing you as an individual or family.

Maintenance.

Now this is a given, yet it’s often overlooked with new projects. This is also one of the first questions we ask any new client when we begin our consultations on new landscape work. That water feature is going to look beautiful tucked next to your driveway, but how is it going to be maintained with each season? Those ornamental grasses are absolutely stunning during the summer and fall months, but who is going to do those seasonal cutbacks to promote healthy and vibrant regrowth?

There are so many tasks associated with a properly maintained landscape, so be realistic with your abilities to keep it healthy. A minimal landscape that’s well taken care of is more inviting than an overgrown jungle with good intentions.

Colors.

Colors are such a simple, yet complex part of what makes us all unique individuals. Some people gravitate towards more soft earth tones, where others want the full colors of the rainbow on display – all year round.

There are many studies that show how colors can affect your mood and emotions throughout our day, which is why from an early age we tend to surround ourselves with items that make us happy. Your preferred color palette may not necessarily give other’s inherent joy, but that’s okay. With interior design, we wouldn’t think twice about changing the colors to make it more enjoyable – so why not do the same with your outdoor living area?

Think about the outside of your home and whether or not it truly represents the “colors” of you.

Outdoor Accessories.

Take a look at your outdoor accessories, whether seasonal decor or permanent outdoor furniture, and ask yourself whether it’s truly fitting of your style and functional needs. If you don’t have anything out there – why not?

Whether it’s outdoor furniture that lost it’s style, or items that have lost their structural components with age, both may be inhibiting you to fully enjoy your outdoor living area. Create a list of all your outdoor accessories, such as decor and furniture, and either eliminate or add items that encourage you to spend more time in your yard.

Accessories undoubtedly show a homeowners level of intentions and use of their yard. Simultaneously, accessories can also encourage homeowners to use their outdoor living space more. If you build – they will come!

Variety.

We chose to use the verbiage ‘variety’, because styles are extremely individualized to the person. A minimal mix of plant species, materials and colors is just as valued as one that has 100’s.

Take a look around at your yard and really assess the amount of varieties you have going on. If it’s too cluttered, try eliminating the extra that just doesn’t fit. Likewise, if it’s too plain, what are steps that are possible for you do to this year to get it more in line with your style.

Varieties of plant species, also comes into account when assessing your yard and it’s ability to flourish. Additionally, doing research on types of stone, wood or other building materials can both enhance and compliment other components of your home. From container gardens, to a front-and-center patio area, the diversity within your landscape tells a whole story.

Being intentional with the design.

While all of the categories above will hit on this topic, we often ask clients to really think about their needs versus wants. With all things in the natural world, our yards – and us – grow with each passing year. While it’s completely acceptable to live in the moment, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and look at the project from a 30,000 ft view.

Here are just few questions to ask yourself whether your being truly intentional with decisions about your landscape project.

How does this part of my outdoor living space make me feel, as well as everyone living here?
Will this help our property value if we should need to move?
Is it worth spending a few extra now, or waiting until we can spend more, on getting it just right?
Am I placing this species of plant in the right area?
Even though don’t I have much space for landscaping, is there something I can do (if that’s what I want)?

Hindsight is 2020, so take a minute to check in with your local landscaper if you just aren’t 100% sure about your project or need guidance. We can typically ask all the questions you’ll want to answer before starting a project.

Since 1989, we’ve been helping residents of Western North Carolina reach their landscaping needs in an effort to enrich lives, naturally. Looking for someone to help you reach those needs? Let’s talk!

About Us

Established in 1989, Snow Creek Landscaping provides a full range of landscaping services to residential and commercial clients throughout WNC.

Believing that landscapes should reflect our uniquely
beautiful region, we create sustainable environments
using native and appropriate plants and materials. Our
innovative approach and steadfast commitment to
customer satisfaction have earned us recognition as an industry leader.

Four Simple Tasks to Greatly Enhance Your Relationship with Nature this Summer

For us as local landscapers, the spring and summer are the busiest seasons of the year. We’re making the most out of these long and sunny days, making sure each project is successful and every client comes home to a healthy and happy landscape.

Interestingly enough, even we need simple reminders to help us stay connected with the natural world around us. You can be surrounded by it every day and still need gentle reminders to appreciate its complex natural beauty.

So for this summer, we want everyone to really embrace nature through these simple, yet super impactful ways to experience nature. Whether you’re new to understanding your authentic relationship with natural world, or a seasoned naturalist, we can all benefit from more intentional connections with the world around us.

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Study after study reveals that gardening has such a positive impact on our overall physical and mental health. From giving us a sense of responsibility, to allowing us to truly connect to the cycle of life – it creates an opportunity to enhance your relationship with both the natural world and your authentic self.

While the sound of a container garden seems rather restricting, it’s actually very much the opposite and leaves plenty of room for creativity. Growing plants exclusively in containers, instead of the ground, also allows everyone to experience gardening at any scale regardless of one’s access to ground space.

When choosing the perfect plant, make sure to understand the proper temperature and lighting it will require. Whether it needs shade, partial or full sun, the placement of your container is key to your plants success. In any home and garden store nowadays, it’s easy to find the correct potting soil and species of plants that can grow successfully together.

Additionally, think outside the box – or container – and don’t restrict yourself to the more common containers found at the store.  Depending on your decorative styles, you can really incorporate colors, textures and shapes into your space. From old boots and sinks, to wine barrels and common house hold objects – the opportunities are truly endless. Whatever you choose to use, however, make sure it has the proper drainage and space to allow the roots of your plant to be happy and healthy.

Spend 20 Minutes a Week Really Noticing your Relationship with Nature – without Technology

A genuinely hard skill to learn is being in the present in the moment. To focus on the world around you, while letting go of the past or worrying about the future. For some, this can be a skill that requires attention and practice with a daily routine.

One of the best tools to help you be in the moment is to allow nature to assist in calming your mind and body. To focus your senses on the natural world around you – embracing each one and moving on to the next. Take to really think about the relationship each organism around you has with its ecosystem, from the bees pollinating the flowers, to the wind moving each individual leaf.

Want to truly enhance your experience with nature? Try it without your phone or any technology

There are so many wonderful advances that technology has given us – that’s without question. Even though one can find thousands of nature-themed apps that promote the environment and our experiences, it still doesn’t compare to embracing and giving your full attention to the natural world around you. With any technology, we should always ask – does it enhance our relationship with nature, or pull us further apart?

So for 20 minutes, whether in your backyard or local park, be present with nature this summer. It’s the perfect time of year to experience the colors, growth, smells and sounds that make up this beautiful earth – so enjoy it!

Grow Something You Can Eat

It’s truly an experience to grow your own food and we think every person should experience that feeling at least once in their life. As a landscaping company, we are constantly suggesting and moving clients to
incorporating a more edible landscape into their home. Whether it’s a specific area for a vegetable garden, or enhancing their yard with herbs strategically placed throughout more floral arrangements – the end results are always overwhelmingly positive.

For example, our own office located in Arden, North Carolina, has blueberry bushes located throughout the property. It’s easy to take a break outside and simply reach out for a sugary treat – straight from the source. It’s the small things in life.

Growing your own fruit, vegetable or herb can also really help you understand and appreciate the origins of your food. Depending on your dedication, it may even help you make better lifestyle choices about what and how much you consume. What started with a simple herb garden, may turn into a growing vegetable garden with each season. Start simple and learn to grow with your experiences.

On another note, if it doesn’t work – that’s okay. We often try to control everything around us, which has been ingrained into our daily routines since an early age. When it comes to growing any plant, you sometimes have to accept and embrace what nature has to offer. Take time to really
understand the process of it all.

Watch the Sunset

Western North Carolina is home to some of the most amazing views in the country. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the many mountain top trails, you can find amazing views while still being minutes from the energy of Downtown Asheville.  In the past decade, many of the buildings in WNC have been opening up their spaces to allow outdoor areas where people can embrace the beautiful mountains that we call home.

One of our top requests we get from clients, is to have a space where they can relax and watch the sun go down. To be able to stay within the comforts of their home, but experience one of nature’s greatest light show. It’s a small but powerful enhancement to their home.

There will always be something special about watching the sunset. Whether with friends, family, or alone with the universe above you – it’s one of the best ways to end your day. Another reason that summer has such meaningful sunset experiences is because by the time the sun does go down, it genuinely aligns closely with your natural sleep schedule.

Whether from a rooftop, mountain top, or your cozy backyard, this easy activity is also one that is
completely unique to just you. From your view, location, and time – it’s all yours. There will never be another just like it, so embrace it.

While these tasks are simple, they can have such a large and positive impact on your physical and mental health. It’s the small things in life that we learn to appreciate and hold close to us as we get older, so make sure to include the natural world around you in those day to day activities.

Our new fleet vehicle with the new brand.Looking for a landscaper in the Asheville area? We’ve been around for 30 years, enriching the lives of our clients with award winning landscape work. From landscape management to installation, we are able to support all of your landscaping needs. Call our office today to set up an appointment with our one of our team.

 

Understanding the Growth and Change around you: Landscapes and Asheville

By Snow Creek Landscape Services

 

 

 

It’s no secret that Asheville and the greater Western North Carolina is growing. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains are calling – and people are listening. As a local landscaping company that turns 30 this year, we’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of that growth. Rolling hills have turned into developments for both residential and commercial properties, which in turn house the relationships that have strengthened our community.

Change, however, isn’t always that simple. Things that were once established, may be altered or even removed, which in turn create new experiences and emotions. It’s a complex dance that can be a wonderful thing when done correctly.

As landscapers, we see the world through a different perspective. For us, that complex dance really comes down to the relationship we have with our environment. Whether you’re actively involved in changing your environment, or just watching Asheville grow around you, use these helpful reminders to make the best of your situation.

Fully Understand What’s Already Established.

Every area is unique to it’s regional climate and topography, as well as soil types and conditions. Regardless of whether you’re building an entirely new home or revitalize an existing landscape, you’ll need to understand what’s already been growing on the property. As we know, established roots of existing grasses, shrubs and trees literally hold the soil in place and play an important role in its current ecosystem.
Understanding this is vital when changing one’s environment. Not understanding what’s established, will often lead to long term issues with erosion, drainage and home foundations.

With any new additions to the environment, it’s best to understand what’s already there. Once you do that, you can make informed decisions that take into account both the environmental and cultural impacts it’ll have.

Utilize the Existing Foundation to the Fullest.

In the last few years, we’ve had the opportunity to watch properties grow and develop. New homeowner’s love the home, but not the yard, while at the same time developers are utilizing the space they are given to create the best experience for their clients. Just recently, we had the opportunity to work on the new Foundry Hotel in downtown Asheville, which has both revitalized and utilized a building that has a rich history to this area. By embracing the original buildings, which formerly manufactured steel for the Biltmore Estate and other Asheville structures, they have built upon the history and subsequently incorporated it into the growing beauty of downtown Asheville.

We often suggest using established features and designing around them whenever possible. This continues to help strengthen the foundation of your environment, while at the same time bringing additional changes to your life.

Consciously Embrace the Change.

Working on a sod job at the the Grove Park in.We don’t have to always agree with change, but acknowledging it’s current form can help you respond in the best way. Whether you chose to initiate change in your landscape, or it stumbled upon you – embrace it as best as you can. More often than not, many of our clients need to alter than environment because of changes near them. For example, trees are often taken down on another person’s property that directly affects the neighboring homes. This sudden change creates sunny areas that were once shaded, or new views that aren’t as desirable. In this case, a person is left with the choice to overcome a new challenge to the best of their abilities.

When the shade of a fallen tree is no more, new growth and beauty can begin to shine. Whether using the new sun to create an edible garden, or plant new shrubs and trees, we can focus our energy on something positive and beautiful. As Asheville continues to grow, we are also gifted with new experiences and relationships that we can
embrace to better ourselves.

Plan for Growth.

Planning ahead is key to any successful change in life. Whether it’s staring a new home or business, we want to try and glimpse into the future as much as possible. When building any new landscape or altering the environment, we want to plan with the
understanding that the natural world grows. This is why you’ll often see smaller shrubs placed further apart, with the intentions that they’ll grow closer together and fill out.

Whether you work with our designers, or design your own landscape, make sure to really think about the long-term plan. Think about where you and your yard would like to be in one, three and 10 years down the road.

As always, our team is incredibly thankful and committed to serving the community of Western North Carolina. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re both reflecting on our history and looking towards the future growth that we’re ready to embrace. Let us know how we can help you with your landscape project this year.

Landscape Trends to Get You Ready for Spring

Landscape design trends of 2019

Originally written for Fine Homes & Design Magazine.

It’s that time of year again, where the cold air becomes the normal and the leaves that once clustered our tree tops are slowly breaking down back to soil.The holiday season events came and went out with the welcoming of a new year, while everyone hustles to accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. It’s that time where we turn our attentions back to ourselves, as the winter months are great for reflection and planning. As a local landscaping company of 30 years, we always use the winter months to embrace and plan for the warm rush of spring.

We invite you to see winter as an opportunity to assess your home landscape and really dive into what really makes you happy. Be intentional and choose wisely to really get the most out of your outdoor living area. If you find yourself inside escaping the cold weather, check out our quick list of landscape trends for 2019. These are comments, questions and projects that we see increasing

First, always figure out your main reasons for wanting – or needing – an
outdoor living area. A few questions to ask yourself initially are:

What can we have that will make us use our space more?
Is it just for us or guests?
How can I make each of my five senses happy in my landscape?
What materials do I want to use?
What is our budget and long term plan?

While there are many more to ask, these can get you started with intentionally planning your dream outdoor living area.

“I saw this amazing style here, but really resonate with this one area there, while at the same time…” says every person who ever started a new landscape project. We all learn from our experiences, whether new or old. It’s what makes unique and can ultimately lead to building our true happiness. When you see something you like, take a picture and really think of what about it makes you feel good.

Be efficient and effective with your needs. Get the most out of your yard.

Think of your landscape as a multi-tool. It can be your personal space away from the busy world, while at the same time host the party of the year. The herbs you grow smell amazing, look beautiful and bring flavor to your life. Trickling water in the distance relax you, just as much as the outdoor sound system. If you want an outdoor kitchen, plan ahead to really figure out what you would need to satisfy your cooking and hosting needs.

Don’t settle for a slab of grass with a few shrubs that don’t bring you joy. If you can’t get all your needs done at once – rate them by priority and availability.

While a great landscape is an extension of the home, it’s also a part of the natural world. Be conscious of where the water is going, what plants serve multiple purposes for both us and our pollinators, as well as maintenance practices.

Going native.

Using native plants is one of the biggest trends, and rightfully so. We’d say 90% of our clients come to us with wanting to know what plants are native and how they can be incorporated into their design. It’s a smart decision that helps keep our natural environment in balance, while at the same time allows for a higher success rate with our installed plants. It has adapted to this environment for good reason – let’s take advantage of that.

The common misconception is that going native is bland on the design, which is furthest from the truth. A vibrant landscape just takes creative planning and an understanding of what’s considered native to that area.

Edible landscapes

Growing your own food can be a wonderful experience, whether it’s a small hobby or main source of your meals. It also creates a great life lesson to truly know where your food comes from, which is a topic that we should all be very aware of.

In the past, we have had people shy away from the idea of edible landscapes – just like native plants – due to it being not aesthetically pleasing. Combining edible and non-edible plant species can produce a whole new design element that will bring an interactive piece to your home.

Get creative with materials, colors and art.

Just like interior designs and trends, we’re seeing so many people opening up their color palettes and choice of materials to individualize their space. Copper and brass accent pieces, such as railings and lighting, are really starting to be used both in interior and exterior spaces. Geometric patterns are being incorporated in many outdoor rugs and cushions, while custom furniture is becoming more and more popular. You get what you pay for and people are starting to realize that!

Asheville is an area that is full of craft and people showing the world their skill. Seek out an artisan who creates a specific structure or piece of work that will be long lasting and accent your home. Hand made items that show craft, just like the initial landscape, are on the rise. Items like these really emphasis being in touch with the community and our roots as humans.

Reuse and reduce.

Thrift and antique stores are abundant, especially in the Asheville area. Festivals and events, such as the Flea for Y’all are dedicated to celebrating materials that have already been produced and lessening our waste. This use of material is a great way for design expression and to stand out.

If you haven’t yet, browse through past previous generation trends to get ideas for your outdoor area. All trends come, go and return in time (whether or not they are liked by all). At the end of the day, your home is what makes you happy and gives you joy. Make it different – make it yours.

Curb appeal is important, regardless of if you’re selling.

Whether or not you are in the market for a new home, curb appeal is important to the growth of a neighborhood, as well as personally feeling good upon coming home. The main side of a home has been pretty consistent in trends, in the sense that simple yet elegant pathways are easy to maintain and can be modified if the house were ever have to go onto the market.

Adding seasonal containers and hanging baskets, as well as scented and flowering plants along the entry way are simple ways to help your home stand out. You’ll want to be sure the colors really match the home and are full of life, but simple enough where they can be changed if needed.

There are multiple ways to design a landscape that tailors to your specific wants and needs. Our team is dedicated to understanding what makes you happy and working towards achieving your dream landscape. Whether it’s a new project, renovating old looks or estate management – we are here to help you.

Let’s work together in enriching your life, naturally!

Investing in your well-being Through landscaping:

Just because the leaves are falling in WNC, doesn't mean you have to give up on your landscaping dreams.

*As seen in the 2018 Fall edition of Fine Homes & Design, Asheville’s Luxury real estate homes and design magaizine in the WNC area.

**NOTE: We have a End of 2018 Opportunity promotion for any contracts that include hardscape work and are signed by the end of the year! **

The Top 5 Reasons to Keep Projects Going All Year Long.

If we know the natural world is beneficial to your well-being, and we know that many of us struggle with lack of energy and connected-ness during the winter months – why do we decrease our connection with nature seasonally? Or better yet, why do we stop our outdoor projects in an area that support our relationship with nature? It was once said, ‘if a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.’ For us – we keep our shades open all year long!

Right now, Summer’s energy is still hanging around, with fall activities and holidays starting to bring a new kind of excitement. For many people, however, the increase of colder and shorter days will enviably loosen their personal connection to the environment around them.

One thing we like to tell clients, is that Western North Carolina is a ‘mostly’ year-round climate for your landscaping needs. We can get snow in October, then be in t-shirts during Christmas. We have four seasons, they just don’t have a set schedule.

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Snow Creek Landscape Sales for the end of 2018.

Want to avoid those winter month blues? Ramp up your landscape projects through planning, organizing and implementing – regardless of whether you need an additional layer. We have many clients that work on their hardscapes work during the winter, and can barely contain themselves when spring starts emerging from their home. They earned the right to really embrace their outdoor living area when spring begins its new growth.

Here’s our top 5 reasons why your home landscaping isn’t just a seasonal project.

The natural world has significant healing qualities to help your overall mental and physical health.

We all have the winter blues. For some, it lasts longer than others, as the days continuously get shorter and colder. Others are able to embrace the seasonal change through activities that embrace our natural change. We can all agree, however, the months after the winter holidays seem to last forever!

Our relaxed four seasons climate is the reason we are able to continue to work on most landscaping projects all year long. Our clients are able to keep the excitement of their outdoor projects all the way through to spring, then really embrace the growth as it warms back up.

Whether you are working on outdoor projects – or just getting outside – it’s the experience that matters the most. Embracing the cool mountain air and embracing the seasonal change around you is sure to lower your stress level significantly.

Learning and development are enhanced through the natural world – so learn more about your yard.

Take the time to really get to know the land around you. It’s a simple but rewarding process that many take for granted.

So how does one learn about the natural world during the Fall and Winter? For each homeowner, it can be spending a few hours a week learning about the plants that make up their yard. Or better, yet, working on the projects they want to have in the future through planning, organizing, and calling the help they need to get it done.

Here are some ideas fall and winter projects to help you learn about the natural world around you.

  • Leaf identification: Collect them all before they fall to the ground, then learn to distinguish which tree produces what leaves by the bark, shape and color of the tree.
  • Deciduous VS coniferous: Do you know the
    difference?
  • Garden and Landscape design – Take the time to understand what you liked and didn’t like about your yard this summer.

 

Accessible outdoor areas generally promote healthier lifestyle activities.

If you don’t spend a lot of time accessing the outdoors of your home during the colder months, but want to, then figure out what’s stopping you. These are all
projects that can be answered through the right design – and on any budget.

In Asheville, it is very common to see restaurants have year-round outdoor seating with heaters. Our climate allows that to a certain extent. For your home, we suggest accessible areas that can be heated, but also enjoyable through comfortable outdoor furniture. There is nothing better than a nice blanket on a chilly Fall evening on a back porch or patio. The air is just so crisp and inviting.

If you find yourself sitting inside more during the Fall and Winter months, then maybe it’s time to invest in an outdoor area that can promote getting outside more. Even if that does mean a couple of layers and
ingredients for s’mores. Remember – moderation is key on that chocolate!

Quality landscaping can help improve the overall health of the environment.

The Asheville area is booming with new construction and developments. We find, however, that during the rainy summer months, people are constantly looking for us to help with their drainage or structural aspects of their landscape, but wait until Spring to work on it. Didn’t get it done during the warmer months? No worries, let’s get ready for those May showers ahead of time!

Depending on the temperature with the Winter months, most projects can be completed all year long
hardscapes, drainage and plantings.

Beyond directly working on projects on your home, take time to think about your environmental impact for the new year. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  •  How is our water usage as a home?
  • What species of plants do we have that help the natural world to the fullest?
  • Do we want to start planning a vegetable garden? If so, what can we do?

Functional and inviting outdoor living areas can increase social interaction.

The Fall and Winter months have so many reasons to celebrate our family and friends. Whether it’s an evening fire celebrating the new year, or being with your loved one gazing at the winter stars – they are memories to last a lifetime.

Take your hosting game up to a new level by creating a seasonal outdoor area, fit with the ability to tackle most weather. Whether it’s planning during the winter months, or implementing the basics, make 2019 the year of the social butterfly.

Outdoor cooking area.

Work on your cooking skills outside this year.

Note: If you know a special someone who wants a Grill for Christmas, you’ll want to make sure the grill has a home of it’s own!

As we bring on the Fall months, tackle the low energy and spirits of the colder seasons by increasing your landscape projects at different stages. Our landscape has an
important role to play with our mental and physical health, so don’t let spring and summer be the only time we invest in it.