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Snow Creek
Arden, NC
We will succeed by working together to create and foster healthy outdoor environments and long-lasting relationships.
Interests: Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, Native Plants, Landscape Maintenance, Natural resources, Western NC
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Here are some shots from our employees as they go about their work, with a few client photos mixed in. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Perennials are the mainstay of an interesting landscape. With the endless array of choices available, it can be hard to figure out just which ones will perform reliably and add beauty at the same time. Here's a list of tried and true varieties that we come back to time and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Excellence.....Naturally
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The definition of a nonnative invasive plant is one that has the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside its natural range. Such a plant often colonizes the area where it has been introduced since the naturally occurring predators and diseases that keep it in check in its home range... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Assassin Bug eating a japanese beetle (photo courtesy of NC Cooperative Extension) It's easy to think that every insect you see in the garden is there to eat holes in your vegetables or strip your flowers of their leaves, but many common insects actually keep damage at bay. Planning a... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Through the winter, we planned renovations to the site around our office and now the implementation is almost complete. We put in a rain garden that catches run-off from the office building and site. Next up? Plants to fill it all out. Site Grading Irrigation lines being replaced Digging out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Excellence.....Naturally
Your landscape improves your life in many subtle (and healthy) ways and the short cool days of winter offer an ideal window for many landscape projects. As plants ease into dormancy, opportunities for feeding and pruning arise. Most, if not all of your woody landscape plants will benefit from developmental... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Excellence.....Naturally
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This time of year when the landscape is relatively devoid of color and interest, evergreens, berries and bark, can change your yard into a place that is almost as interesting as the other three seasons. The most commonly used trees and shrubs for structure are conifers because of their evergreen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Excellence.....Naturally
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If you look about, you'll find some perennials still providing color in the garden: Dahlias, Anemones, and Sunflowers. Shrubs that bear colorful berries, like Beautyberry, have their show ready for winter. Photos courtesy of the Biltmore Estate Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 While daffodils and tulips are always a welcome sight in the spring, pictured above are some out of the ordinary bulbs that are great for spring and early summer blooms. 1 - Eremurus sp.(Foxtail Lily)- Tall spikes of starry florets; extremely showy and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Solidago speciosa (Showey Goldenrod) and Monarch butterfly - Prairie Moon Nursery Goldenrod does not cause hay-fever. Since goldenrod (Solidago sp.) blooms at the same time as ragweed, it is often blamed for the allergies that millions of people suffer from in the fall. Goldenrod has heavy pollen that cannot become... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
Here is a nice article about us in the Asheville Citizen-Times. We have some exciting plans in the works! http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011309040029 Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Add Fall Color Adding mums, asters, sedums, native sunflowers and ornamental greens and kales to strategic spots in the garden now, replacing bedraggled annuals, will make your yard feel fresh and colorful until frost. Add them to container plantings, along paths and steps, and near doors. Some of these plants... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Even though fall is in the air, it is time to start planning bulb plantings for spring. Bulbs add a wonderful bit of interest in the landscape, as winter is dying away, just when you need a splash of color the most. There are many types of bulbs with differing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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The Unique Lighting Company has developed a system that allows you to properly install well-designed low-voltage lighting. Whether you want to add accent lighting around your home, light the approach to your house, or provide lighting for outdoor activites, this system is sure to be more interesting and effective than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Trees are all around us. They dominate the landscape and provide immeasurable beauty and benefits to us all. However, they also can be very big and heavy, and when they fail they have the potential to cause damage. Like us, they’re not all perfect; in order to insure they stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Penstemon 'Dark Towers' A few new native perennial introductions are promising improvements on some old standbys. Terra Nova Nursery's Penstemon 'Dark Towers' loves full sun and has glossy bronze-red foliage topped by masses of pink, instead of white, flowers, that appear in summer. Hardy to zone 3, this plant is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Since plants face heat-stressed, drought-prone conditions in the summertime, it is very important to prevent new plantings from drying out. Drip irrigation systems, which conserve water, can be used as well as hand watering. To ensure that plants have the best chance of staying hydrated, Snow Creek mixes Terra Sorb,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Many people think of pruning only during the dormant season in winter. However, there are benefits to summer pruning. As a general rule, do not prune when plants are most actively growing in spring. Early spring-flowering shrubs should be pruned in the summer to encourage development of new growth and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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When rain falls on undisturbed areas, it is naturally slowed down and allowed to soak into the soil, while simultaneously being filtered by vegetation and the soil. When rain falls on impervious surfaces such as rooftops and streets, it runs off very quickly, usually being diverted to storm drains and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Last week, I discussed looking for valuable resources on your site prior to construction. Trees, particularly, add value and permanence to the landscape. They are the largest and longest-lived elements of most landscapes, and can be the largest element lost in it during construction. They also require the greatest area... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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In "Green" building, the main emphasis is usually on creating energy-efficient design and using sustainable materials. Other than typical erosion control measures, often not much thought is given to site preservation.
 Natural resources are the existing resources within a landscape, supplied by nature. Plants, animals, soils, water, even microbes are... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Using boulder walls to retain a slope and stones for a patio serve a purpose in the landscape that goes beyond function. Choosing the right materials for the hard elements in a project can make the difference in a landscape that looks complete and authentic versus one that will look... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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As spring marches on, every day seems to bring another favorite tree into bloom. I've compiled some photos to showcase some of the best. First up, the lovely Serviceberry, Amelanchier canadensis, also known as shadblow. This tree finished blooming a few weeks ago: Here is the elegant Silverbell, Halesia diptera.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally
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Eastern Redbud Flowering Dogwood Little introduction is needed for two common trees that are found in our Appalachian region. Anyone who lives here can't help but to notice the spectacular displays of the flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, and the eastern redbud, Cercis canadensis. These species of trees are native and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Excellence.....Naturally