Prairie Scapes Landscape Design
the possibilities are endless
- A design should be customized
to meet your needs and wants. Do you need shelter from the winds, protection
from the sun, enhance a view (or hide one), improve drainage or maybe
improve your soil structure?
- Do you need a space for
children to play, a parking pad for a recreational vehicle, a vegetable
garden, a fire pit, deck, patio, sidewalks, or a water feature? How will
they all fit into your landscape and what features will you want close to
- You will need to think of how
pedestrian traffic will flow through the yard. As your lifestyle changes,
will your landscape allow transformations?
- You want your landscape to
compliment the style of your house, to fit in with the neighborhood, to be
interesting (this also increases your property value). You want it to have
a 'flow' through it (a sense that everything fits together) and you want
all season appeal.
- The plants that are selected
should be suited to the zone, and for the conditions of the planting area.
They need to be sized correctly for the location. They should complement
each other with their textures and colors, and be pleasing to you.
- Can result from
incorporating planting beds for trees, shrubs and perennials.
- This allows groups
of the same water needs to be planted together. It also promotes the use of
mulch, which retains moisture; and lessens weeding, mowing and trimming.
- If you utilize
irrigation systems, it frees up your time from watering plants, provides water
to the plants when they need it, and at the best time of day.
- A designer has the
knowledge to help you make the right choices. A scaled drawing lets you see
what the entire landscape will look like and lets you determine what areas are
most important for you to be completed first. You can install the preliminary
elements first (such as underground conduits for wiring or piping, adjusting
the soil grade, or amending the soil), before you assemble the deck or
retaining walls. You can hire a contractor to install everything at once or you
can complete it in stages, as your time and monies allow.
- By taking the time
to create a carefully thought out plan now, you can save yourself time and
money and get the yard you really want. The possibilities are endless...