Though some people think that building a beautiful landscape consists of "just labor," it in fact a high-skilled creative process. With the proper knowledge, experience, and creativity a bare landscape can be turned into a formal French or more natural English style garden among few design styles. What are the first steps though? Assessing the landscape for you wants and needs is the first step. Taking the assessment and putting it to paper and designing it will be next. Once a final design is chosen then the plan can be made for how to carry out the project efficiently and effectively. Installing a new landscape takes place towards the end of the plan-design process. Finally, a maintenance plan will be needed to keep the new landscape always looking its best.
Before designing or planning your landscape, an assessment should be completed to find out what your wants and needs are along with if they are feasible. The landscape assessment will find out pertinent things things such as how much light the area receives, what plants interest the client, and also what the landscape will be used for. Some landscapes need to be suited for children playing while others are geared towards weekend retreats or parties. Measuring the landscape area will also be included in the assessment to understand how much space is available and to eventually design and plan.
Though not all landscape projects will require a design, it can be useful for more in-depth projects. A landscape design will provide locations of new and existing garden beds, borders, plants, among other items. Different proposals for design can help a client understand where things will fit into the new landscape and an idea how it will look. Thoroughly looking over design proposals is important because the installation will most likely be in place for years to come...and possibly decades.
Designing and Planning is sometimes used interchangeably and is not necessarily wrong. There is planning involved with designing the landscape, and there is also planning that takes place after the design stage. Planning after the design stage will involve putting all the pieces together so the installation of the new landscape design is smooth. Delivery dates for materials and how to carry out the design-to-build process is involved in this stage of planning. Plant material arriving three days after the technicians are ready to install would be bad planning. Though no plan rarely works out perfect, the idea is to minimize inefficiencies and make a plan that is effective as possible.
It is time to install or build a new landscape (or just renovate the existing). After all the time spent assessing, designing, negotiating, and planning it will finally be time to landscape. Though it will be hard work and take time to receive the finished product, the former steps will help the technicians work smarter and not harder. Landscape and plant material will generally arrive on-time and each step of the build process will build upon the next. Tear-out and preparing the ground will generally be the first steps, while planting will most likely take place towards the end of the project. Installation of a landscape is a fun process as the final product can be seen come together dig after dig (or plant after plant).
After all the work that has been put into the landscape up to this point, it is important to note that the work isn't finished. The work is never really finished. Planning and implementing a maintenance plan is the last step and one of the most important. Plant material and landscape beds will have to be regularly maintained to keep growth and improvement flowing. With proper maintenance the landscape will improve year after year. Maintenance can include trimming and fertilizing plants, cleaning up debris, and keeping the landscape detailed. Maintenance is essential to keeping a landscape healthy and aesthetically pleasing.