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Landscape Planning – What to Do & Why

May 6th, 2016 | By: Mitchell Knapp | Blog

Too often, homeowners will hurry to plant before they plan.  Careful landscape planning helps avoid waste of resources, time and money.  Analyzing your site, how the soil and climate is on property is a vital first step which will determine what exactly you can plant and where. It is important to consider how your property relates to its surrounding areas and how it coincides within the neighborhood. During the landscape planning process, the soil, sunlight, shade, and surrounding areas are all taken into consideration for the beginning phases of the initial concept design. To thoroughly understand the property, the variables it has stacked against it, and utilizing the existing beauty components, will create the best space in the long run.

What is Landscape Planning?

Landscape planning is defined as an activity concerned with reconciling competing land uses while protecting natural processes and significant cultural and natural resources. In our industry, our landscape designers tend to work for clients who are often drawn to also incorporating construction work in their landscape planning. Our licensed architects and designers can look beyond the restrictions of a property and control permit issues which often constrain design projects.

Our architects and designers during the landscape planning period will help to determine your needs and likes and dislikes. Understanding the client’s personal taste as well as the style of the home will be important in creating each unique outdoor space.

Landscape planning encompasses every detail needed when creating outdoor use and areas and rooms on the property. By proper planning, selecting the best choice for plants, trees and flowers and their correct placemet helps to ensure that they are best suited to thrive. Sketches, plans, and permits are also taken care of to start the installation process. Getting the entire plan set in paper and carefully crafted helps to save time and money and mistakes later on in the process. Understanding the necessary grading or drainage on the property is another important element to consider. Also, any additional hardscape, driveways, walks, steps, decks, patios, retaining walls, fences, lighting, or irrigation needed on the property is determined during the landscape planning stage.

If you are interested in working with a talented and experience team of architects and designers for your landscape planning, we are here to assist in every way we can.


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