August 2, 2010 Light Design 0Comment

While traditional landscape design emphasizes setting out everything in advance in detail in a drawing that designates the place of every tree, flower bed, and other garden elements, nowadays designing can be done on the go. While basing your landscape design on a comprehensive plan is useful, landscaping can also be a spontaneous affair that designers can partake with relish.

Whether sticking to a plan or taking a more spur-of-the-moment road to landscape design, a right approach is necessary so that creating great landscapes will not entail undesirable costs associated with the absence of any blueprint. Problems may come in terms of poorly placed plants or even precious garden elements that may have to be destroyed to make way for future developments.

To avoid any future migraines and heartaches, here are 3 tips on getting the right attitude to landscape design.

  1. There is a right plant for the right spot, and the right spot for the right plant. In other words, it is important to understand the qualities and characteristics of each and every plant that you may take a fancy for in the nursery before taking them home.

You have to learn the principles behind proper spacing between plants for air circulation and to avoid insect and fungal problems. You may also want to consider the growth rate of particular plants to save on costs entailed by pruning and other maintenance that fast-growing plants may impose on your budget.

With the right plant on the right spot, you don’t need to invest five-digit figures to create the best landscape for your needs. The most important part is for you to select plants with a purpose in mind and place them carefully.

  1. It is not necessary to have a formal landscape to create exceptional landscape design. Formal landscape, with emphasis on symmetry and traditional designs, is not only very challenging to make but also hard to maintain. Upkeep can be laborious and expensive.

Finding replacement if one of two identical evergreens gracing your home’s corners dies can be very tedious indeed. This may often lead to replacing both plants, which makes it more expensive. The same dilemma faces those with hedgerows where one shrub succumbing to pests and disease inevitably infects the rest of the plant.

  1. Ultimately, the rule of thumb when doing landscape design is never to take anything for granted. You may for example simply accept some existing feature of your lawn that has become an impediment without thinking things through. We tend to create designs around existing trees or dense shrubbery rather than simply removing them. Indeed, new possibilities for landscape design arise with the right attitude.
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