Landscape Planning
A guide to the perfect landscape
first impressions




Landscape planning is the first impressions to a perfect landscape architecture design. 

When a good landscape architect guiding your client to build a finest landscape, either at a home or public space is much like building a dream home. 

Developing a landscape design takes a plan, and it should be completed before your client decided to buy one tree, shrub or flower. 

You will need to create a list of existing landscape elements that your clients want to keep, it is very important in landscape planning, as well as new features that they would like to add, before getting your client's hands dirty (literally). 

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THE KEEPER LIST 

Make a list of the existing features that your client want to keep. For example, are there groups of old-growth trees that they would like to stay? Or maybe they want to base the plan on the natural landscape, which might include existing wildflowers or tall grasses. 


THE WISH LIST 

From here, i will first suggest my client to think about what outdoor features that they like to add, space permitting. Some possibilities include: 

> A brick, stone or wood patio 

> An open area for playing sports or entertaining larger crowds 

> Flower beds or borders 

> A sectioned-off garden for vegetables or specific flower species 

> A water feature, such as a koi pond or waterfall 

> A shed for storing tools, lawn equipment or recreational gear 

Next, mock up a basic plan for your client property, highlighting the three major areas that every yard should include: 

1) a public area (usually in front but not always), 

2) a service area (that you might want hidden from you and your visitors), and 

3) a living area. 

Then list the specific landscaping needs for each of the three abovementioned areas. 


THE PUBLIC AREA 

For the public area, the landscaping should blend the house into the surrounding area so it appears inviting and natural. You can use trees to frame the house and mulch beds to break up the open lawn spaces.

One important note in landscape planning: In the public area, remember that the doorway is the focal point, so plantings should lead visitors' eyes to the entrance. To create this effect, you can place larger plants at the corners and graduate to smaller plants as move closer to the door. 


THE SERVICE AREA 

Because the service area isn't meant to be seen, screenings are very important. Some options for screens are fencing, plant materials to form hedges or a combination of both. They should be positioned to block views from the living area, the public area and neighbors' yards. 

One good way is to use green walls concept (vertical gardens), there are two main categories of green walls: green façades and living walls.


THE LIVING AREA 

This private area, generally located behind the house, needs to be functional and comfortable, as well as attractive. Shrubbery or fencing of some type can be used here for added privacy. 

Because your client will most likely be using this area the most during the warm-weather months, make sure to incorporate protection from the sun's rays in the form of large trees or an overhang of some sort as essential part of landscape planning here. 

Your client might also want to include a patio here to use for dining or entertaining, as well as all-weather lighting to accent plant materials at night and provide light for evening use.






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Landscape planning - A guide to the perfect landscape first impressions - Good landscape planning - Developing a landscape design takes a good plan, and it should be completed before your client decided to buy one tree, shrub or flower.


Landscaping Plans - 10 tips for a perfect plan - Landscaping Plans - as a good landscape architect, you must be able to see what your clients want through their eyes.


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