You wouldn't think of building a house by gathering up some lumber, concrete, and roofing materials and then making the house up as you went along. First you need a plan to direct the course of the work and ensure a satisfactory outcome. Landscaping is no different. In fact, the landscape, especially the sustainable landscape, is complex, and it demands a great deal of thought if you want to end up with something that works well and looks good.
When most people think of a landscape design, they imagine a set of plan drawings showing where everything is going to be located — the trees and shrubs, the patio, the paths, and all the rest. When you hire someone to design your landscaping for you, this is one of the things you get for your money. Plan drawings are handy to have, and they can be a great tool if you're doing your own design. But it's entirely possible to develop a great design without ever drawing a plan. Take a minute to consider two equally valid approaches to design:
Be sure you do all the designing you need to in order to have a well-planned landscape that takes all the issues of function, appearance, cost, legality, and environmental suitability into account. What counts in the end is not the quality of the pretty pictures you draw but the quality of your thinking and planning.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.