RESIDENTIAL HOME LANDSCAPING rewards are initially not fully comprehended. It is an investment, not only for resale value but also an emotional one as well. Like the visual enjoyment & pride one obtains on a daily basis; the added aesthetic value in making the house look & feel more complete resulting in elevating the spirit. Home Exterior Design does require an experienced, diligent & sensitive landscape designer to trans for the home’s exterior be bond your expectations.
Most homeowners don’t realize the difference between a landscape company and a landscape designer/architect. A landscape company is generally a supplier & installer. Granted some have a lot of experience with pricing, plant types and hardscape materials but generally don’t go beyond that. The Landscape Architect/Designer looks at the whole picture. Starting with how the property & planting beds will drain, horticultural requirements, soil analysis & amendment, sunlight patterns, enhancing the architecture, layering of plant material in size, colour & texture that will add to the aesthetics & over all “feel” of the finished product.
Each style of architecture requires its own plant material & planting style. Use & placement of large, medium & smaller trees, shrubs, plants and even florals appropriately will create form for the property without distracting or hiding the home itself; it will also strengthen the design style of the architecture itself. Landscape Design is such an integral part of solidifying the visual effect & unifying the whole exterior of the home & property. The selection of available planting material is enormous. So, one has to be vigilant in selecting the plantings that support the style and character of the home.
Care must be taken when installing a living plant; starting with preparing & amending the soil properly; planting at the right depth; using root starter so as to minimizing transplant shock and maximize rapid root growth; filling the root ball hole with water and allowing it to soak into the surrounding earth before your plant is installed, filling in the hole with nutrient rich soil and finally watering properly for the first several weeks. I have seen many installers treat plants as a commodity instead of as a living organism. I have designed & installed in all 3 climate zones and the same care applies no matter what plant I’m using.
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