Monday, May 12, 2008

The Importance of Landscape Design

Landscape design involves more than just making a yard "pretty." While we do take great pains to make a landscape project look attractive, that is just barely scratching the surface.

The layout of your lawn must take into consideration many factors. One of those is, of course, visual composition: what plants go where, what colors to use, etc. Another is drainage. Your home's site is designed so that rainwater is shuttled away from your house and into the area's gutter or sewer system, so that your home doesn't get flooded. Attention must be given to placement of elements so that this flow isn't disrupted. At the same time, elements need to be placed you you aren't losing water from your irrigation system to runoff.

You must also ensure you aren't blocking access to water, gas, phone or electrical lines, and that root systems won't interfere with these in the future. And finally, it helps to understand traffic patterns when laying down hardscapes or other elements that could either facilitate or disrupt access to different areas of the yard (if say there is a pool or storage shed, maybe even a playhouse for the kids).

Landscape Design encompasses all of these concerns and more to ensure that your landscaping is not only attractive and enjoyable, but works with the overall design of your home and it's site.

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