T1’s Halloween Garden wins first place at the NC State Fair!

Heddou's Shanty, First Place NC State Fair Garden

Heddou's Shanty

Back in March when we first drew the Halloween theme for the 2010 NC State Fair Garden Competition, I was  a little skeptical.  I couldn’t quite imagine where this theme could take us.  Luckily, the guy spearheading the project design was Bryson Trexler, our on staff Horticulturalist and Landscape Designer.  From a voodoo potman named Heddou Marco (framed up with rebar and dressed with black landscaping pots) to tribal skulls with Tongue ferns coming out of the mouth, he really conceived a tremendous outcome right from the beginning.  As things began to shape up in the week prior to the fair, it went from just a fun publicity project, to a competition that we might actually win.  And win we did by scoring 96 out of 100 to edge the 12 time champions by one point.  It was a great project and a lot of fun.  Check the gallery for additional photos, and let us know if you’d like a spooky scary hideaway right in your own backyard!

T1 on the blogosphere…..

blogospherePete Kusterer, a world renown business blogger touches on the idea of curb appeal and how that plays with the our youthful zeal.  His thoughts bring an insight into T1 Earthcare that even it’s founder may not have perceived. Check it out here

Fun in the snow….not for all

Greetings SledGod!

Greetings SledGod!

In central North Carolina, everyone loves a good snow.  Well, almost everyone.  While carting my mother up to the local Kinko’s a few days ago. I noticed several other landscaping companies out spreading salt and shoveling ice.  I thought to myself that this could be me one day, but quickly vanquished the horrifying thought.  As a young boy, I grew up at our local RDU International airport slinging bags and mail in the cryptic underbellies of DC-9’s and 737’s.  This was an exciting time for a 15 year old kid, but I  remember my father’s disgust of constantly having to fill in for employees who wouldn’t show up for work.  His least favorite thing was de-icing airplanes.  When Raleigh would receive a rare snow or ice-storm, there was no time to play with the kids as he was off to the airport before the sun would rise.  I suppose it’s like that for some landscapers as well.

For now, T1 Earthcare will enjoy it’s snow days. It’s going to take some serious money, to get a Raleigh landscaper into the snow removal biz.  It’s tough to put a price on “not sledding”.

Enjoy the weather folks!

Fall…..Creation…..Landscape

 

beautiful fall landscape

beautiful fall landscape

Welcome Fall to Raleigh, NC! There’s nothing like the cool breeze and the smell of leaves blowing in the air to remind us of the beauty of creation. The cycle of life that we see in the landscape is incredible. The trees are starting to look bare, but we know that the spring will come and renew all of those bare branches and that everything will surge back to life again come March and April.

Landscaping to me is a re-ordering of that which has already been ordered. Something seems to have placed this world here, but it seems that it was left in progress, as if someone is supposed to carry on the work that “is” this world.

Humans for some reason have this innate desire to take the world as it is and make it something different. Most of the time, this is a good thing. In the world of landscape, we have the ability to order water, rocks, and plants to create something beautiful. It is a great honor and a whole lot of fun. As a project completes and you stand back and admire that which has been accomplished, it brings an ancient phrase to mind.

”and it was good.”

Go re-order something in your landscape today! If you don’t have a landscape, borrow your neighbors!