planning of your new landscape is the most important phase of the entire
project. The first step of planning should include serious consideration of
the following issues.
Addressing these various
save needless removal and transplanting of ornamental plants at a later
date which would further delay the desired end result of your
Some of the basics...
Do you want 'splitting Pears?'
winds on Mother's Day 2002 caused this Bradford Pear to split-out.
Even though they have many desirable characteristics, their rapid growth
habit causes problems. Therefore we do not recommend planting Bradford Pears since they are subject to
splitting, mostly from ice and wind storms.
designing your landscape, ask yourself these important questions:
Would you like to screen
areas for wind, noise, or unwanted views?
Do you want special areas
for children, recreation, entertaining, storage, pets, or gardening?
Would you like a
sculpture, or other special design features?
Is your outdoor lighting
adequate or in need of some added pizzazz?
Will an irrigation system
be installed and if so now or later?
paving and wall materials,
such as wood, stone or brick, do you prefer? Are there any you dislike?
around tree roots You
can add groundcover before or after
trees with high roots get established
More landscape design questions....
What are your favorite
spots in the yard, and why? What are your least favorite spots?
there views or vistas you would like to keep open or block?
Will natural rainfall
be able to reach all your plants without supplemental irrigation or hand
watering? Overhangs on buildings can be plant killers!
This building's overhang prevented natural rainfall from
reaching these plants, resulting in their eventual death.
TIP: Plant out away from beneath building overhangs!
What are your favorite
plants or types of plants? Your least favorite? Are things like bees or
thorns an issue?
most landscapes do you
prefer open areas or enclosed spaces?
What is the architectural
style of your home? What landscape design will enhance that style the
How would you describe
your decorating style? Formal, casual or "plain jane?"
Where will you pile
snow in the winter? Leave allowance for snow piles from shoveling and
Plan ahead for winter snow
snow will get piled
Are you planning to make
later additions to your house or detached buildings?
What is your time frame
for completing the job? How far ahead are local landscapers booking jobs?
What is your landscaping
budget, both immediate and long-term? Annual maintenance is an
additional cost factor with trimming and mulching.
Do you plan to implement
all or part of the landscape design yourself? "Sweat equity" can save
money but it helps to have a good plan.
Could you share
landscaping projects along property lines with neighbors? It's a good
idea to know exactly where your property line is located to prevent future
Will you have to consider
zoning or deed restrictions, easements, building codes, or utility lines?
Most municipalities require permits for fences.
Are there any drainage
problems? These should be a top priority during initial planning phases.
Is deer-browsing a
problem? Deer resistant plants may be your best choices.
of honorable mention..
'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple Bright red leaf
color adds interest
to any home landscape!