The process of building a good landscape occurs in three: design; installation; maintenance. Failure to consider any facet will affect the success of a landscaping project. An extremely well-conceived landscape cannot succeed if it is poorly installed, nor can a poorly designed landscape be redeemed by good installation procedures. Development of the landscape throughout the project requires high maintenance standards.
The design process begins with a thorough design analysis, consisting of a site analysis and an analysis of user needs. We will ask you to complete a Homeowners Property Questionnaire that will help us understand the needs of the property and the people using it. This information will guide the design concepts.
After all factors surrounding the land and its occupants have been studied, the designer can begin formulating specific design concepts. The property is divided into usable portions for the functions indicated in the design analysis, and necessary terrain alterations are planned. Shade, wind protection, screening, and enclosure can then be provided. At this stage of the design process it is best to make general choices, rather than specific materials until all design criteria have been evaluated.
All circulation routes are also considered during this design stage. Again, it is best to determine the general size and shape of sidewalks, drives, patios, and other features, without selecting materials. Aesthetic decisions come later.
Following the general determinations for area sizes and shapes, environmental requirements, and circulation routes, we make decisions regarding the aesthetic design factors. Choices such as using a wall, fence, hedge, or mass planting for a screen are made. Ground-surface patterns take form as surfacing materials are chosen and lines of demarcation are determined. All elements in the landscape can be tied together effectively in a unified design that is aesthetically pleasing. Textures, colors, and forms are blended together to form a functioning landscape that is pleasing to view. Specific materials selections conclude the design process.
In a landscape plan, the ideas conceived during the design process are recorded in a way that can be shared and understood. The plan must communicate those design ideas to the property owner as well as any potential installer. Most importantly, the landscape designer uses the plan to communicate ideas to himself throughout the design process. Recording the various design concepts on paper during the design process allows the designer to relate one area to another, comparing concepts for compatibility.