At Graham Landscape and Design, we hear from homeowners in Lane, Linn, and Douglas Counties who would love to create the landscape of their dreams, but just do not know where to begin.
The question often arises, "I know I need some landscape design help, but should I hire a landscape architect or a landscape contractor?"
The truth of the matter is that transforming a landscape can be an overwhelming proposition, in terms of process, emotions, and budgets. It is a tough decision for some to make a significant investment in an architectural landscape plan, knowing they then have to turn around and invest in the landscaping contractor to put the plan into action on the ground.
If this sounds like you, we're here to guide you in the process, and we've got a few tips for you to help you save a little dough.
At some point in time, chances are you will need to bring machinery or work crews into your backyard, to grind a stump, perform a repair, etc. If you plan ahead for providing the necessary access, you can prevent uprooting your plantings or undoing your landscape design.
When you step out into your landscape, think about where you want your focus to be. If your yard is large, perhaps this could be a view or a sizable tree. If your yard is smaller, then maybe your focal point is a fountain or a special bench.
Upkeep becomes one of the biggest challenges with designing your landscape. Many people love the designs they see in magazines or online but often don't realize the level of maintenance required. Be honest with yourself about the level of commitment you have for maintaining your landscape yourself, and if you don't plan to do the work yourself, consider budgeting for a regular maintenance service.
Movement & Curves
Every landscape should incorporate a sense of movement or flow -- how will you and your guests move through the space? But, while this is an important element, be sure not to overdue it. Too many curves or movement can cause a sense of unrest and detract from your focal points.
Remember Your House
While you are totally free to choose a landscape design of any persuasion, the best designs are those that incorporate the architectural style and size of the house. Your landscape should be an extension of your living space, and each one should complement the other.
"Right Plant, Right Spot"
Make this your gardening mantra and live by it. When plantings are misplaced, you risk compromising the proper sunlight and air circulation which could lead to poor or excessive growth, fungal and insect problems. Also, keep in mind the full-grown size of every plant, so you space your plantings to accommodate their future growth.
Last but not least, survey your landscape as though you've never seen it before. Look at those items you perhaps thought of as obstacles (overgrown shrubs, sheds, etc.) and consider their removal. Likewise, keep an open mind about the features of your house and the surrounding space as you might find elements that can be featured vs. masked.
The Graham Landscape and Design team is well versed in each of these areas and can work with you to make the most of your space and maximize the use of your budget so you can have a result sure to bring you years of enjoyment. Contact us today to get started!
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