Project: Luxury Condos near Downtown Hendersonville, N.C.
May, 2008 -- The Ambassador, an elegant 1920s apartment building within walking distance of downtown Hendersonville, was being renovated into luxury condos. The owner called in Ambrose Landscapes to rescue its front yard from years of neglect.
two days, we turned an eroding, weedy lot
"curb appeal" into an inviting landscape of native
plants, including a rain garden. This
drought-resistant landscape meets the city's current and anticipated
stormwater regulations. And native plants require the least maintenance.
Luxury Condos, Day One: PREPARATION
clearing the site was our first task. We removed invasive
weeds, patchy grass and
buried construction trash -- but protected two healthy native
Sure, it'd be easier just to
cover up this old stump and move on -- but rotting wood
can cause a number of grass diseases.
That's not our way. We took the extra effort to saw off this stump and add it to the two truckloads of debris we cleared.
funnel-like mounds of fresh topsoil help pool the water
around new plantings until their roots spread out. Tomorrow, the
mounds will be hidden
Well-placed "dry streams" capture runoff, save water, prevent erosion, and can multiply plant growth up to four times.
the end of Day One, we've already finished clearing,
improving the soil, and
Native plants exceed the latest stormwater requirements and recommendations -- whereas
exotics require excessive maintenance and drought-restricted water.