A SUCCESSFUL DESIGN SHOULD…
BE DESIGNED FOR BEAUTY AND FUNCTIONALITY
Designing is the most vital part of starting or remodeling a landscape. Whether you do your own plans or have them done professionally, it is critical to avoid expensive mistakes. You will want to make sure all utilities and permanent features (hardscapes) are planned to be practical, useful, attractive and, most of all safe!
WORK WITH YOUR SPACE AND ENVIRONMENT
All gardens are living things so they WILL need regular care and occasional replacements. But if a landscape is designed and installed right, it should be a joy to view and add value to your life as well as the property over decades.
AND it should be built to fit into a maintenance program that fits your lifestyle.
USE THE RIGHT PLANTS IN THE RIGHT PLACES
Once the permanent features of your garden are properly installed, follow a well-thought-out softscape (plant) design, starting with the largest items: trees. Choosing the right plants for the right places will determine not only how wonderful your garden will look, but will ensure the plants will grow in harmony with your house, your property, and thrive where they are planted.
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