Landscape Design: Ideas, Plans and Budgeting

Posted on November 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

Plan the landscaping design:

Step 1: Budgeting: how much you can afford for your green design?
Step 2: Differences for big and small budgets: should you choose the landscaper or self-design?
Step 3: Preparation: Space, Colors
Step 4: Preparation: Plants
Step 5: Preparation: Stones, Furniture

Let’s start creating your dream landscape.

Landscape planning
Step 1: Budgeting: how much you can afford for your green design?

How much can you afford to start remodeling? Usually, people think more about design than actually act to redesign. So decide if you seriously want to have the new view from the window. If you answered YES, then calculate your budget for the landscape beauty and go on with choosing the landscaper. If you still say YES, but have the smaller budget and you want to try yourself, than Google, Google and one more time Google for the ideas and plans. If you answered NO that means you are just thinking about the new design, but not planning to do something than relax and just buy several magazines.

Landscape design with the stones
Step 2: Differences for big and small budgets: should you choose the landscaper or self-design?

This step is for those who already know that they want to invest in their comfortable living. Let’s specify if you need to pay for the help. Are you sure you are great in landscape design? Are you ready to spend the time for learning, testing and money for the decoration? If you say YES, then you are really emotionally strong person and you can do it! If you are a bit busy and the process in designing is not your king, find the local landscape designer and that’s it.

Beautiful landscape design
Step 3: Preparation: Space, Colors

No matter how rich you are, you need to know what you want. You don’t need to know the details, especially if another person will design it for u. But it’s better to imagine before starting the plan.Go out from your house and feel how much space do you have. Do you want more space? Do you want less? These simple questions will lead to the answer that will make your landscape wide and large or comfortable and small place for reading.

Color is also important. If you like some special color, you can buy flowers or exterior accessories to freshen the look of the outdoors.

Landscape near the water
Step 4: Preparation: Plants

Do you like plants? Will you treat them properly? I like roses, but I will never find time for their treatment. I would better plant the trees and bushes near the house. Decide what you like and how much time you can spend for your new design after it is finished.

Landscaper will easily make such design
Step 5:Preparation: Stones, Furniture

The simple way for creating the beautiful and comfortable place is buying the new furniture. You can also buy big decorating stones. All your desires come true when you start acting. Good luck in landscaping!

How to Start a Landscape Design Business

Posted on November 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

In United States, about one out of four landscape designers has their own business. These self employed designers are responsible to provide landscape architectural, engineering and landscaping services to public as well as private sector. Setting up business in this particular field is not hard as long as you have the right strategy. Here are some useful tips for those who would like to get involved in this line.

Step 1:

Pursue an accredited degree program in landscape architecture in a university. At the same time, attend classes in computer aided design (CAD).

Step 2:

Get more detailed information related to the job scopes and duties of landscape architects from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Step 3: 

Take up a part time job or get an internship in a nursery or a local botanical garden. Frankly speaking, you will need at least 4 years of working experience in this line before you can become a certified landscape architect. At the same time, it will be good if you may look for a mentor who can provide you with guidance related to climate and regional vegetation.

Step 4:

Sit for the Landscape Architect Registration Exam. You need to pass this exam successfully in order to get your license and start your own design company. Bear in mind that you need to attend continuing education classes from time to time to renew your license.
 
Step 5:

Acquire a business license in order to run your business. You need to develop your business plan and marketing materials.

Step 6: 

Join local Chamber of Commerce to broaden your network with contractors as well as realtors in your community. You can also join organizations such as the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the American Nursery & Landscape Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

In short, we can conclude that this field is rewarding and lucrative but you need a lot of hard effort, time and experience to achieve great success.

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Don’t Settle for Amateur Landscape Design

Posted on November 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Good landscaping is made, not born. Landscape design makes all the difference in the look and feel of a lawn, outdoor entertainment area, or entrance to a business. Why? The reason is that there is so much more to it that plunking down a bush here, a tree there, and a bed of flowers nearby. And that’s just the greenery we are talking about. What about lighting? What about irrigation and sprinklers? What about walkways, and seating areas, and restful features such as a waterfall or fountain?

Landscape designers speak in terms of “greenscaping,” “hardscaping” and “lightscape.” A greenscape requires thought and conversation about what the outcome will be. If it is room to entertain, then the size and shape of the plantings is essential. If the goal is privacy, then the greenery plans literally take a different shape. Have you ever seen a lawn that looked disconnected? That can be the result of amateur landscaping. A good designer is all about the flow between the plants, trees, flowers and the other features. Plants are not cheap. Why would you skimp on good advice on how to use them most effectively? Not to mention the fact that they must be able to thrive in the place they are put. If they need direct sunlight, a designer will know this.

Hardscaping is the use of brick, pavers, stone, and water features to set off areas of landscape, and to allow access to them. This is so often neglected by amateur designers. For instance, some people simply depend upon a landscape maintenance company to determine where to plant things. Since they are in the business of cutting and pruning, they don’t care much about what else is there. But you do care. You will marvel at the artwork that can be created out of the combination of stone or moving water, such as a fountain. Hardscape ties it all together.

And then lighting makes it ideal. You can enjoy the landscaping of your lawn day and night with proper lighting. It requires all of the thought and artistic attention to detail as both the green and hard scapes. Entertainment areas can be offset. You will have an entirely new appreciation of a tree when it is softly up lit.

Landscape design will also include attention to irrigation and sprinklers. This is a professional touch too often overlooked and which can make the difference between the unimpressive and the “wow” factor.

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