Graveled drive
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Background sound:
Birds greeting an Appalachian spring morning
(recorded March 29, 2007 in a West Asheville
backyard wildlife habitat
we've helped enhance)


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Untitled Document


19th-century French flower illustrations courtesy
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
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Get Started: Tell Us About You

Please answer the following questions in as much or as little detail as you wish. Whatever you can tell us here about your existing landscape and the landscape you would like to have will be helpful to us — and will help get you thinking about your landscape vision. There is no word limit on your responses.

For commercial or rental properties, many of these questions may not apply, so answer those you consider relevant.

* Fields with a red asterisk are required, but all others are optional. When you submit this form, we'll share with you a few key tips that will save you money. And we'll get back to you within 24 hours.
Your answers are confidential, and are reviewed exclusively by Steve Ambrose.

* Name:   * Email:   * Phone:

* Hours when I can call you:

Property address:

Mailing address (if different):

How did you find Ambrose Landscapes?
Did you see our work elsewhere; hear about us from a friend; find us online, etc.?

What times of year do you use your yard the most?
One answer can be "All."

What uses do you intend or foresee for your yard?
Please check all that apply.
 Holiday gatherings
      (reunions, etc.)
Play areas for kids Flat lawn(s)
Area to stack firewood Screening Erosion control
New construction Vegetable garden Seasonal use
Pets. If checked, please enter below the number of:
• Large dogs:       • Small dogs:       • Cats: 
• Other pets (please describe):  
Other uses (please describe):
Tell us some of your likes and dislikes:

• Colors

• Wildlife you hope to see -- or to avoid

• Smells

• Sounds

Are there specific characteristics you would like your garden to reflect?
E.g., "tranquility to read my books," or "animal activity outside the window because I'm stuck at my desk a lot."

Is there any maintenance you would LIKE to do -- flower-picking, pruning, etc.?
For example, "I like to prune a little every week for exercise," or "Picking my own flowers and vegetables saves me the cost of buying them."

Please list specific plants/vegetables/fruits you would like to incorporate.
You can also list plants you do not like. (Again, there's no word limit, so make your lists as long as you want.)

Tell us about the architectural details on the outside of your home, and the decorative theme on the inside. A beautiful garden should harmonize with your home -- not just when viewed from outdoors, but also when seen from inside your dining room, bedroom, and so on.

Please describe whatever you can about the compass direction, sun orientation, and altitude of your yard. A landscape that is south-facing, sunny, and at 1,500 feet, for example, will have different planting requirements from one that is north-facing, shady, and at 3,000 feet.

When did you move to this house? 

When was this house built? 

When was it landscaped? 

What have you planted or built? If you or a family member has done a lot of work on the landscape, you don't need to list it all here -- but please be prepared to tell us when we arrive.

Please describe any previous uses of your property that we might not be able to see -- previous plantings, construction debris, fire pits, private plots, etc. This information will help us prepare your soil for the anticipated plantings.

Do you expect that you will eventually need additional parking? If you have any teenage or pre-teen children, or if you entertain houseguests frequently, it's a good idea to plan for this now.
Yes    No

What times of day are you away at work? This helps us plan your landscaping to maximize both your security and your enjoyment. If you tend to get home late, for example, we'll be sure to include plants you can see at dusk.

What weekdays and what times of day would be best for us to work on your property?
If your community or subdivision has rules defining when outdoor work can be done, please let us know about them.

What is your availability for us to inspect your site within the next 3-4 days?

Does your community or subdivision have any covenants, restrictions, or plant guidelines that apply to your property?
Knowing about these ahead of time can save you a great deal of expense and stress.

What is your deadline(s) for completing this project?
If you need it done in stages, please explain -- for example, "I'd like the flowers put in front before my guests arrive for Christmas, but they're staying through New Year's, so we need to postpone building the retaining wall in back".

If you have previously had a soil test done, please tell us the results.

Please describe the budget you have in mind for this project. What do you plan to spend in the first year (within 20% or so)? Over the next 3, 5, and 10 years?
1st year:
3 years:
5 years:
10 years:

Finally, is there anything else you think is important for us to know?

We are proud of our work and would like to share the results of your project with our potential clients through our Web site.
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