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10 items to think about before beginning a Landscape Project

Posted by: Daniel R. Shulman, RLA on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:00:00 am

There are many considerationns when you first contact a landscape professional for a project at your home.  By thinking about the following ten items you will be able to help the Landscape Architect or design professional realize your goals and create a landscape that is truely your own:

  1. How do you want to use your yard? A place to entertain, quiet retreat, children's play area, dog area, etc.
  2. What are your goals? Use landscape to increase your house value, improve your entryway, curb appeal, personal space, increase parking, etc.
  3. What direction does your house face? How much sun do you get and where? Site conditions play an important role in design plans and plant selections.
  4. Do you have any water issues or soil issues?
  5. What kind of style do you want? Formal, informal, mixed, naturalistic, woody, groomed, therapeutic, etc.
  6. What do you like? Lots of color, favorite color, subtle, texture, stone, lots of different greens, whimsical, etc.
  7. What kind of space do you like? Open and airy, closed and private, an extension of the indoors, bird or butterfly garden, a strolling garden, a viewing garden, healing garden, etc.
  8. What is important to you? Plantings, trees, shrubs, perennials, lawn, patio, deck walkways, parking, storage, lighting. Looking for some type of special feature? Such as a water feature, pergola, bench, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, etc.
  9. How much maintenance do you want to do? Do you enjoy being outside and gardening, but you need someone to help you get started? Or do you prefer a low-  maintenance yard?
  10. What is your budget? Do you want to do the landscaping all at once or over time.


If you are considing a renovation to an existing landscape or creating a new concept for your home or place of business contact us so that we can help facilitate you ideas and bring them to life.