NC Landscape Contractor Lic#1218
NCLC Corporate Lic#CL0196
contact us as you prefer:
call: 919-266-7939
or email:

Price = the ‘Planted’ option:
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Add mileage fee outside eastern triangle

On-Site Visit/Consultation

Let’s meet-up, share ideas, create an initial plant schedule, then quote proposal.

$75 fee applies to $500+ order.
If an On-Site Visit is not needed: minimum order = $200.

Tell us what to plant and/or
Tell us wants, hates, faves and/or
Tell us to create our best solution.

Couple photo by David Lamar. Eighteenth birth day photo by Traci sister Sally.

Clean-up. Broom is our most important tool.

-Formal landscape plans
-Removal of sod
-Perimeter trenching
-Tree staking
For pricing, see Optional Extras, below.

Customer Requirements:
-Water plants, typically once per week, for two years.
-Weed plants as needed. Weeds will rob plant of water, air, and nutrients.

Planting Description

Design Assistance.
Create a planting schedule to fit your property & budget. Find options to satisfy both structural and aesthetic goals. With your feedback, design until we have a solution (exact quote, w/Discounts).
Acquire plants from local growers.
Attractive, functional, low maintenance plants that deliver year after year. Let’s shelter and show-off your property, without ever looking “overgrown”.
Pick up and deliver.
Plants ride securely, often straight from the source to you.
Distribute plants by cart.
Human-powered units with surf tires. Easy on the lawn. Easy on the hardscape.
Dig hole carefully.
Rough-out hole by auger, pick or jackhammer. Shovels sculpt out proper shape, for strength and rooting. Illustration.
Establish a tree ring.
Place diggings around the new hole, creating the base layer of tree ring.
Prepare roots.
Just before setting plant in hole, loosen up any tightly bound roots. Spread them out. Cut any really long roots, to prevent girdling.
Set top of plant safely above grade.
Steer rainfalls around plant.
Reduce wet-rot issues.
Storm-resistant method.
For top-heavy plants, don’t dig too wide. Clamp the rootball firmly. Leave space to stuff dirt. The entire tree is stronger when the base is secure.
Add lots of landscaper soil.

Pack soil mix up to earth level, checking for vertical constantly. Minimize air-pockets by forcing soil into gaps.

Balled & Burlapped (B&B) specific.
Dig hole close to size of cone-shaped rootball.
Before setting B&B into hole, slash lower burlap (between wires) with ‘X’ shape: gives roots easier passage to grow out.
Force maximum soil down around rootball before removing the twine.
Remove only the top portion of wire cage by bending or cutting. Buried burlap will rot. Remove all exposed twine and burlap before next step.

Add PHC Tree Saver.
Five species of mycorrhizal fungi and six species of beneficial bacteria improve plant nutrition and soil fertility.
Add Agriform fertilizer (20-10-5).
Slow-release plant tabs last about 2 years. Please do not add more as there is risk of burning and overgrowth.
Add Terra-Sorb hydrogel.
Product expands up to 200 times it’s weight during watering, then slowly releases the water back into the soil. Lasts up to 5 years and breaks down into a fertilizer, not a salt.
Add MORE soil to tree ring.
Elevated soil structure retains mulch, protects against flooding, and allows for settling.
Use minimal soil on top of current roots, but cover the edges well. Roots require air. Soil can kill by choking.
Spread quality wood mulch.
Mulch keeps your plants warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and well-moistened.
3″ Rule: 3″ thick, 3″ from stem.
Avoid placing mulch against the stem. Mulch is an avenue for mold/rot & bugs.


…plant it high, rarely die…
…plant it low, rarely grow…

Illustration of typical planting.


100% of both Plant and Installation
Replant new stock in same hole and dispose of dead or stricken plant.
If toppled by severe storm, reset plant to vertical.
Limit one replacement per plant.
Outside eastern triangle area, add mileage fee.

Customer Chooses
Reinstall the same size/price plant (if available),
or different type (same size/price or less).

Pay Retail Price portion. We replant new & dispose of old.
finicky species (Apple, Dogwood, Encores, Gardenia, Loropetalum, Magnolia, Prunus, Redbud);
plants not showing in dormancy; pests & disease introduced after planting;
adverse planting locations (field, rental, steep slope, shady, swampy, or over-rooted area);
un-weeded, un-watered, over-mulched, or altered plantings;
chemical or physical damages; dogyards; lightning; or wildfire.
Reduced Planting Fee applies if Partial Warranty understood at time of planting.

All Balled & Burlapped plantings (why? go to B&B primer);
plants smaller than 3-gallon container; and delivery-only plants.

Pricing Method

Minimum Delivery-Only order: $100
Minimum Planting order: $200
(with no site visit ahead of time)

Retail Price’ is delivery-only (add tax).
‘Planted’ price includes both the Retail Price and the A1Planting fee.

Both ‘Retail Price’ & ‘Planted’ posted in shop
Only ‘Retail Price’ posted for sources, so apply as follows for Planting:

Planting Fees (greatest of):

POTTED PLANTS (by the gallon):
add 85% to first $200 of retail price,
plus 40% of amount over $200
or ~
Minimum Fee, per potted plant
(Customer-Supplied-Plants and Partial Warranty prices in parenthesis)
Less than 1 gallon pot: $5 (no warranty)
1 gallon/4 quart pot: $12 (no warranty) 
2 gallon pot: $17 (no warranty)
3 gallon pot: $35 ($30)
5 gallon pot: $45 ($40)
6 gallon pot: $55 ($45)
7 gallon pot: $60 ($50)
10 gallon pot: $70 ($60)
15 gallon pot: $90 ($75)
20 gallon pot: $115 ($95)
25 gallon pot: $145 ($120)
30 gallon pot: $175 ($140)
45 gallon pot: $225 ($160)
65 gallon pot: $295 ($210)
100 gallon pot: $400 ($300)

B&B up to 20″ ball width: $40 + $5.00/inch
B&B over 20″ ball width: $7.00/inch (36″ max)
NO Warranty for for all B&B
estimated dimension chart

Plants are
to be satisfactory.

Two Volume Discounts

both may apply at once

per item discount
buy 10 of 1, take 5% off plant/planting
buy 20 of 1, take 10% off plant/planting

total order discount
over $300, take 4% off order
over $500, take 6% off order
over $1000, take 8% off order
over $2500, take 10% off order
over $5000, take 12% off order

Couple photo by David Lamar. Eighteenth birth day photo by Traci sister Sally.Couple photo by David Lamar. Eighteenth birth day photo by Traci sister Sally.
Five B&B Spartans (roll over).

Optional Extras

We rarely get these requests. Please advise us in advance.
Discounts do not apply to site-determined, day-of kinds of billings (keep it simple).
Discounts do apply to pre-ordered, exact items.

Find something you like outside our sources?
Get it, and we’ll plant it for you right away. We supply all labor and materials.
Planting fee is the lower Minimum Fee (in parenthesis).
No Warranty included.

Weedblock Installation
$.75 per square foot.
Quality weedblock cut & placed around new plantings before the mulch is spread. Inhibits growth pretty good, but weeds WILL pop up anyway: at edges, and in mulch.

Perimeter Trenching
4″ wide: $2.00 per lineal foot.
8″ wide: $3.00 per lineal foot.
3-4″ deep trench dug around the plants to define the grass/mulch boundary. Grass will be dug out and disposed of.Sod Removal and Disposal
$4.00 per square foot.

Weeding (only areas where we are to immediately plant)
$60 per man-hour.
Includes disposal of weeds.
Hand tools only. No chemicals are used.

Card for Gift Plants
We hand-write a card to help make your gift plant special. Please provide text for card.
Tree Staking
$30 to $100 per plant, our plantings only.We rarely stake any plant. Our Method mitigates the need, so we discourage this practice. Only the strongest acts of God tend to bring harm.Yes, people do still stake a lot of plants (often out of habit). This practice will prevent tipping from most windy events. Even with staking, hurricane-like weather can topple any plant.

Staking comes at a price to tree. It is preferable in the long run to sway in the breeze. This constant “flexing” allows the trunk to develop stronger, like a muscle, so the tree can withstand future high winds, ice, and snow. Unstaked trees develop greater caliper, a larger root system, and healthier, undamaged trunks.

Occasionally, we may advise staking for:
– plants with a loose base/flare.
– tall plants with small rootballs.If our planting leans or falls over within two years, we will reset plant at no charge.

go to help to: watering + primer + faqdeer + design + sitemap + more


Service ONLY performed in conjunction with Planting service.
For BETWEEN new plantings (mulch ON each plant is included in price).

Prices include SPREADING. We DO NOT dump & run (except Pine Straw, by request).

Both Volume Discounts apply.

1 yard mulch = 10 foot x 10 foot, 3″ deep
3 pine straw = 10 foot x 10 foot, 3-4″ deep

Delivered & Spread, per Bale: $12
We only use Lowe’s, for fresh longneedle.
For delivery-only, deduct $2/bale.
minimum order size of 20 bales

Delivered & Spread, per Yard: $70
Brown color, for general landscape use.

Delivered & Spread, per Yard: $71
Light Red color, durable mulch.

Delivered & Spread, per Yard: $73
Not for steeper slopes – less ‘grippy’.

Brown, Black, or Red

Delivered & Spread, per Yard: $80
Retains color for a long time.

Why Mulch?

-Decorate the landscape.
-Retain moisture & save water.
-Cool roots in summer.
-Warm roots in winter.
-Help control weeds.
-Protect from chemicals & disease.
-Keep lawn tools at a distance.

go to help to: watering + primer + faqdeer + design + sitemap + more


Service ONLY performed in conjunction with Planting service.
We only cut/prune what is necessary to make room for planting.

Cut & Remove

Reasonably priced thinning & pruning.

We limit ourselves to:
– Cutting trees up to 15′ (like picture)
– Delimbing up to about 20′

We do not hedge. We focus more on structural pruning, less on maintenance.

We do not grind stumps (referral).
No Hazardous Tree Work.


$60 per man-hour
Includes disposal of weeds.
Hand tools only. No chemicals are used.

No Hazardous Tree Work

We do not employ bucket trucks, climbers, or cranes (best for high risk trees).

If we can’t drop a tree to the ground in a safe manner, we will give a referral.

’97 Dodge 5.9 Cummins 4×4 and ’02 dump trailer.
Combo at inception. Both retired now.

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