Landscapes – Southern Exposure


Nicole C.
"They did a wonderful job and were very polite and receptive. I can't believe how much they did so quickly."
Don Collins
"Quick, Courteous, Knowledgeable, On-Time Start and Completion of job. Everything went smooth. Workers were very courteous. Yard was cleaned up well after work completed."
Tori Swanson
"The crew did a wonderful job on our landscaping! They were very helpful, punctual and the yard looks great!"

Greensboro, NC has the best climate for some beautiful landscaping in North Carolina. It’s pleasant, but gets complex as it requires experience and knowledge of our region to make the right landscape choices. Landscape designs are mostly based on personal preferences. It’s important to know which plant life can survive and thrive in our area and specifically, in your yard.

There are various companies providing services of landscaping in North Carolina. The services range anywhere from small to large scale renovations, yet impacting improvements.  Addressing and fixing the problem areas and turning them into landscape features is what a good landscaping company does.

Southern Exposure Landscape Management has the experience and expertise to help you dream big and make your space a valuable and peaceful oasis. Our staff is highly knowledgeable about local plant life and to properly plant and care for landscapes of various types. Do you want to spruce up your current landscape? Or design and renovate the whole yard? No worries. Southern exposure is the perfect landscaping company for you.

Enhancements & Renovations

Beautiful landscapes add value to your property and life. Thoughtful landscaping companies that can take a drab space and make it the most occupied area of your home or business. The Southern Exposure staff can help in creating your outdoor oasis. Our designers are knowledgeable about the best plants to use in our region as well as how to achieve aesthetic and practical goals within your space. Our experienced crew can ensure an easy process with desired results. For large spaces, we recommend having a full landscape design done by our designer. This helps in sticking to a budget and getting visual of the finished space before work begins. Our project managers can also assist with ideas for smaller projects, such as bedded areas, berms and perimeter planting. Here are some of the enhancement and renovation services offered by Southern Exposure:

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  • Mulch and Pine Needle Installation
  • Planting
  • Sodding and Seeding
  • Aeration & Seeding
  • Grading and Terracing
  • Plant & Shrub Removal
  • Shrub Pruning & Tree Trimming
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  • Leaf Removal
  • Water Features and Ponds
  • Drainage Installs

Sustainable & Organic

Sustainable and organic landscaping has been increasing in popularity as people have become more aware of our limited resources and how easy it can be to be green. Being conservative with the land we have been given is something everyone should be aware and willing to contribute to. In addition to being great for the environment, organic landscaping can also provide benefits for your wallet and for your health.

We believe that through our design, construction, operations, and maintenance practices we can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to sustain their efforts.

One of the best methods of organic landscaping is making use of native plants. It is much easier to naturally promote the health of your landscape when the plants you use thrive in your area. Bringing in exotic plants or non-native plants from areas with very different conditions only results in frustration and the possible reliance on chemicals to help you take care of them. If you want to keep a landscape that works with the natural setting, native plants, or plants from areas with similar conditions, can help you accomplish this. Our staff can assist you in choosing plants native to the area that still accomplish the aesthetic goals you hope to see. Here are few more green options you can discuss further with your project manager.

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  • Water Harvesting: Rain Barrels
  • Erosion and Sediment Control: EPA & Storm water management
  • Drought-Tolerant Plantings: Native or Adaptive Vegetation
  • Reducing heat island effect by increasing shade (planting trees)
  • Reducing light pollution by installing low voltage & LED lighting (low wattage/high efficiency)
  • LEED Certification
  • Edible Plantings
  • Recycled Granite Pavers
  • Recycled Drainage Materials
  • Permeable Pavers
  • Organic Fertilizer Programs


Grading is a big undertaking. It is important to work with a landscaping company that possesses the knowledge and proper equipment to achieve the results you desire. Grading is an excellent solution for sloping yards that provide little area for patios, gardening and pools. With grading and terracing you can reclaim square footage, making it more accessible and usable. Southern Exposure has experience in design and installation of the following forms of grading: foundations and footings, slope terracing and stabilizing, aesthetic contouring, and directing surface runoff drainage of stormwater and domestic/irrigation runoff flows. Whether it’s new construction or 200 year old property, an entire apartment complex or a small water issue in your backyard, Southern Exposure can help.

Phase 2 Before 1

Drainage Systems

Drainage Systems are crucial from preventing costly water issues. Southern Exposure can help you redirect water in a stylish and practical manner. The first step you should take when planning a drainage system is to identify low spots in the landscape. If obvious low spots exist on the property, the water must have a way to exit those areas. If you don't install a drainage system, a puddle probably will develop whenever it rains and could backup causing more serious problems, such as erosion, flooding or redirecting in undesired areas. Below are a few types of drainage options. We use 100% recycled drainage products every opportunity we can.

  • Gutters: Collect runoff from a building's roof. This runoff is conveyed through downspouts to the roof drain system. Gutters should be kept clear of leaves and other debris so clogging does not occur in the roof drain system. We offer Gutter Cleaning service on one story homes.
  • French DrainCatch basins: Connect to storm drainpipes or to a line of corrugated pipes on residential properties and release the unwanted water to a desired area. Catch basins are plastic structures (either round or rectangular) with plastic grates on top. The grates capture debris that could clog the pipes and are able to be cleaned up, unlike French drains. You can prevent the system from clogging by checking the catch basins during or after a heavy storm. A simple screw driver is all that is needed to remove grate.

  • Channel drains:
    Capture storm water flowing over a larger area like a driveway. Trench drains convey heavy rainwater to a storm drain system if possible.
  • French drains: A small trench, dug to a gradient that will allow surface water to drain away from a building or area that is prone to surface water build up or flooding. They can be installed anywhere on your property that collects water. They are constructed of perforated pipe, filter fabric (sock) that surrounds the pipe, and gravel, similar to foundation drain systems.

Sodding & Seeding

A beautiful lawn does not happen on it’s own. It’s a living organism that requires regular care and the proper conditions to thrive. The first step to a beautiful lawn is establishing an expanse of grass. If you do not have an established lawn or would like to start with a clean slate, two options exist for achieving a healthy, green lawn: sodding or seeding. There are benefits to both methods, although most pros weigh heavily in favor of sod. Southern Exposure can review the option that would work best for your yard and budget. Here are a some facts about both sodding and seeding.


Sodding: Installing a cultivated turf that is cut, rolled transferred.Sod Installation

  • Allows for a lawn of instant beauty and maturity and fullness without the usual time-consuming process of seeding.
  • Year-round installation, even on frozen ground if sod is available. Mid-summer installation requires extra watering and is not recommended without an irrigation system. Fall and spring are most ideal.
  • Low water needs following installation - Water at installation to a depth of 6-inches, then light waterings for next 2-3 weeks. Grass will shade soil and prevent drying.
  • Minimal chemical control needed
  • Low traffic immediately after install. Normal, high traffic levels within 2 to 3 weeks.

Seeding: Spreading seed over freshly tilled or aerated soil or new soil and spreading fertilizer. (Southern Exposure uses NC State’s highest rated seed for our region annually and only seed guaranteed to be free of weed seed).

    • Less expensive alternative to sodding, but does not give instant results.

Installation is recommended in the fall. Spring is also ideal. Not recommended in summer or winter.

  • Seeding is ideal for patching up existing lawns where small barren spots exist. Rake out the old grass, loosen the soil and sprinkle seed. Keep the seed very moist with light waterings two times a day for the first two weeks.
  • Seeding is also ideal following an aeration. Southern Exposure offers this service in the prime growth months of September and October.
  • High water needs following installation- Bare soil will dry quickly. Water lightly for 3-4 weeks, keeping surface moist, begin to apply 1-inch of water per week after mowing.
  • Heavy rain storms can potentially wash seed away before germinating if the storm occurs in the two weeks following seeding. Re-seeding may be necessary. Light rain fall is fine and even desirable when an irrigation system is not present.

Water Features

Water features are wonderful addition to any size yard. They are environmentally friendly and can be completely customized to install anywhere. Much like the element of fire, water is mesmerizing, relaxing and adds a unique focal point to a space. Southern Exposure landscaping company can help you in creating a water feature that fits your style and budget. We offer a variety of choices that range from one-step install Sugar Kettles to completely customized ponds and waterfalls.

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    biological filtration
  • pump and plumbing
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  • rock work
  • underwater lighting
  • a berm
  • waterfalls
  • an automatic fill valve

Location and size are the two most important decisions you'll make about your water feature. As a general rule, a 180 square-foot or 11' x 16' pond is a good "standard" size water feature. To get a general idea of size, trace your prospective pond out on the ground with a garden hose. Our 3D design services can also help you visualize what the finished size and overall look will be.

Something Unique: Atlantic’s Colorfall Lighted Falls. A small product with huge visual impact. A perfect fit for formal retaining walls and pond-free applications, Colorfalls adds a breathtaking new dimension to a water feature - waterfalls with shimmering details in white, red or blue hues. If you don’t have room for a large water feature or don’t want the maintenance of a pond, a Colorfall is an excellent solution. You’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your water feature day or night with minimal care and space.

Synthetic Lawns & Putting Greens

Synthetic Lawn

Bergerac.jpgEver wonder what it would be like to have a truly sustainable lawn? With no more need for mowing, watering, fertilizing, aeration or seeding ever again, synthetic lawns become a great investment option and you'll enjoy the cost savings as well as the extra time saved. The synthetic grass Southern Exposure installs is friendly, not only to the environment, but for pets and children as well. Whether your playing ball with your kids, practicing your putting, or just walking barefoot, you'll enjoy the no-maintenance of a quality synthetic turf.

A synthetic lawn is the "GREEN" choice. You’ll save water, use less chemicals, and help the environment by conserving our resources. Landscape plantings and turf irrigation represents over 60% of all water consumption in the southeast. A waterless lawn is the solution in combination with an Earth Friendly mindset.

Ask our project managers about these specialty choices:

  • Pet Turf
  • Playground Turf
  • Sport Turf

Putting Greens

IMAG0075.jpgImagine putting in your own backyard! Artificial putting greens are the ultimate backyard features and unlike most artificial surfaces, our greens will actually hold a shot, just like a natural grass green! When chipping onto the green, the ball will actually check up. With backspin, you can even make a ball stop or back up, and most impressive is the way a ball rolls on it. The ball will roll true and at an even pace, at fast or slow speeds. Because of its low maintenance and realistic performance, the system is actually preferred for use in putting greens at some commercial golf courses instead of natural grass!

Having a synthetic putting green is the perfect solution for any golfer who doesn’t have much time. In the convenience of your own backyard you can practice your short game whenever you want, plus have a lot of fun with friends and family.

The greatest thing about our greens is you won’t have to spend all your time mowing, watering, and fertilizing, and you won’t have to sacrifice performance to have a low maintenance putting green at your home. Come by our shop and try out our putting greens. We even have spare clubs in the office.