It is difficult for me to count the times I have been asked to consult on improving or creating a great landscape design. (It has been my life’s work so far). Normally, when I am approached, the person asking has a general idea or plan that they think will work and function well. A lot of the times they are on the right track and will only need minor tweaks to their landscape design to achieve their overall goal. Unfortunately however, most of the time the person with the original idea is slightly off base, but it does not take much to get them on track to creating a great landscape design.
What do I mean by off base? For the most part, they have not factored in all the real aspects of what goes into creating and maintaining an appealing, healthy, sustainable landscape.
Let’s not forget: We are not just planting a landscape that needs to look good immediately, we also need to focus on how this landscape will look and function in the next 5 years, 10 years and maybe even 20 years.
Before starting your next design project, ask yourself and your landscape professional these simple questions. The answers will help you to avoid some of the pitfalls that I have seen so many clients, home owners and landscape contractors fall into during my years in the industry.
At Green Impact Landscape the following 4 questions, should always be answered by the property representative before undergoing any landscape design.
- What goals do you have with your new landscape design?
- How will the overall design fit in with an existing structure or landscape?
- How long do you expect this landscape installation to last?
- What is your budget?
Once the property representative has answered the previous 4 questions, the Green Impact Landscape Designer should assist in answering the next 4 questions.
- What is the current landscape drainage situation and will the new planting effect drainage?
- How is the soil, will it allow the plant life to survive?
- How is the new landscape plant life going to be watered?
- How will this landscape installation affect the landscape maintenance program?
The Green Impact Landscape Designer and the property representative should now have a clear understanding of the major influences that should be accounted for in the landscape design. The designer can then move on into the concept drawings that will be submitted to the property representative.
Answering these questions and sticking with a process for landscape design, has gotten Green Impact Landscape where it is today. There will always be variables when you are designing a landscape, but so long as you hit the basic needs first, your design will fulfill yours or your clients original goal.