Landscape Planning, Design, and Construction
Your home's landscaping may have a larger impact on your peace of mind than you initially realize. However, once you realize that it's present in your life, every single day, it becomes increasingly important to make sure it's constructed and design in a way that allows for low-effort enjoyment on a regular basis. Our team's goal is to minimize the amount of unnecessary time, money, and effort to maintain your landscape while keeping it in peak shape. We'll design your landscaping in way that looks stunning and will have everyone questioning what the secret is.
If you've chosen to work with us, we're grateful and humbled for the opportunity. We recognize and acknowledge that you've trusted us with a critically important task, so we want to make sure you're comfortable and satisfied with our process. With our first conversation, we'll try to understand the scope and difficulty of the project as well as the nuances of your property. Afterwards, we'll have a separate conversation with you and the decision-making parties to discuss milestones, budgets, and timelines. Once we have all the details ironed out, our team will get started on creating your dream landscape!
Here are a couple of factors we'll consider with you and we're planning your landscape.
1. Understand your yard
It's important to take note of the topography and elevation of your yard, the condition of the soil, and the local climate of your home. Most people don't realize this, but those conditions work together to create microclimates that are further determined by the level of daily sun and exposure to the corresponding areas.
2. Primary users of the yard
Who are the people who will be primarily using the yard? Are there pets? Are there guests over often to entertain? It makes sense that the design and planning should center around their tastes and preferences. Different areas can be designed for different specific uses by using deliberate landscapes and planning. Walkways are commonly used to help direct the natural flow of traffic from one area to another.
Themes are extremely useful when it comes to cohesive plantings and the materials used to build the landscape. A good place to start thinking of a theme is to look at the existing architecture of your property. The yard should be designed in a way that compliments this; it can be as simple as using geometric shapes and forms or as complicated as creating a peaceful Zen Japanese garden with ponds, fountains, and cultural plantings.
A cohesive theme is also helpful when you're deciding what kind of hardscapes, structures, and plants you'll want included in your landscaping. The options are plentiful from geometric shapes, to soft lines, to natural vibes.
4. Connect all your spaces
In the same way that your home has different rooms and hallways, your landscape also has its dedicated "rooms" and sections. What will the natural flow of traffic be like in your garden? How to people's gaze shift from one section to another? These are all important things to consider.
5. Plants and their function
During the planning phase, it's helpful to decide what role your plants will play in your landscape. Plants have various uses: as food in fruit or vegetable beds, aesthetic scenery, borders and barriers, and even to alter the existing conditions of the landscape.
If the goal is to create boundaries in your landscape, plants are extremely versatile in setting physical barriers as well as blocking views. If the views need to be maintained, lower height plants can be used as an alternative to give the impression of implied barriers.
Plants can also alter landscape conditions such as light, wind, temperature, and even noises. Physical barriers can reduce the amount of external noise flowing into your yard, while the installation of water structures and bird houses can bring in and incorporate natural sounds.
6. Plant Structures
A person's vision can be categorized into three natural planes of vision: high, medium, and low.
Starting from the top, you'll want to consider the entire space above your head (trees, branches, archways, lighting, cables, etc.). In the middle plane, you should consider not only consider height variations but also visual density and placement of the plants relative to each other (larger plants should be behind smaller plants unless you're trying to create natural barriers to fence off specific sections of the yard). Finally, at the low plane, you can play around with the grouping of plant beds as well as hardscapes or groundcovers.
These techniques can be repeated and re-utilized throughout the garden to create a cohesive aesthetic experience.
7. Spotlight the best parts
If you have a favorite spot in your yard, you should figure out how to showcase and highlight that aspect! Different techniques using garden ornaments, distinct structures, and uniquely shaped plants can help direct attention to these areas.
8. Attention to detail
There are many different parts in creating a complete and unified landscape design that effectively considers different combinations of shapes, forms, colors, and textures (ornaments, structures, hardscapes, fauna, flora, etc.) .
While visual appeal is especially important, it's not the only aspect to consider. Flowers are also favored for their scents, allowing aroma to be a powerful enhancement technique for your landscape design. Textures are also an underrated enhancement - think about the transition in feeling as you walk from grass or turf onto a stone walkway and then onto a wooden patio.
9. Future alterations and changes
How will your yard withstand the test of time? This will have implications on the types of plants you select as well as the amount of space you allocate to each. Commonly considered factors include ongoing maintenance requirements, growth rates, and the final mature size of the plant. It's important to give your plant enough growth room in the beginning so it can grow to its maximum potential. However, remember that a plant can only mature to the extent that its growing conditions and environment allow it to.
In order to save on maintenance and cost, you'll want to select plants and structures that are efficient with your resources. It's also a good idea to choose environmentally friendly substances. Nowadays, property owners are increasingly focused on selecting plants that are water-efficient, require less fertilizer, and are environment-conscious.
If you're working on a new landscaping project or are making alterations to an existing one, installing systems to catch rainwater may be an interesting option to create a sustainable source of irrigation water. Our team can help you design this in a way that is pleasing to the eye.
Property owners often overlook this, but leftover construction materials from your landscaping project can be reused and repurposed into creative DIY ideas that will add personality to your landscape.
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