It’s one thing to know you and your landscape need professional help. It’s another thing to know which landscape professional offers the skills and services you need for the specific landscaping challenges you hope to resolve. To clarify the picture, let’s take a quick look to see who does what.
Landscapers are the doers and makers who implement landscape designs. They dig, grade and prepare the soil. They remove, groom or install flowers, plants, trees, shrubs and sod. They construct raised beds, borders, curbs and walls. They lay crushed rock, gravel, paver and stone walkways, patios and courtyards, and build outdoor elements such as barbecues, firepits, patio covers, pergolas and pizza ovens. Many construct or install water features such as fountains, ponds and reflecting pools, and most offer ongoing maintenance services to keep your landscape looking its best in every season.
Landscape designers use a combination of listening, design and horticultural skills to translate your vision into reality. To accomplish this, they develop a cohesive landscape plan for reshaping or remaking the space. They create 2D and 3D renderings to illustrate the final result. They make recommendations about specific plants and develop planting schematics to guide installation. They analyze existing landscape elements and recommend materials and design features for new ones. Many offer project management services and oversee the job from concept to completion.
Landscape architects develop and manage residential, commercial and public landscape projects. Most focus on large scale makeovers, but some will tackle residential projects. In general, they seek ways to improve the form, function and flow of the land and existing structures. They a develop comprehensive site plan for an integrated approach, detail structural and engineering specifications for landscape enhancements such as paths and patios, structurally critical elements such as retaining walls and terraced hillsides. Some provide project management services and oversee the job from start to finish.
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Avoid the time-, money- and maintenance hogs of big landscaping mistakes. 7 must-not-dos of san diego landscapes.
1.) San Diego Landscapes for Privacy
Don’t let landscaping overwhelm your house. Choosing varieties of trees and shrubs that are bred to grow to a particular size means you won’t have to spend your time pruning — or fighting your way out the front door.
2). Stone Path Walkway
Don’t start landscaping without a plan even if you intend to do the work in stages. A plant-by-plant detailed rendering isn’t necessary, but do know where your hardscaping needs to go, allow room for access by delivery or work vehicles, and, where there’s going to be heavy traffic, put plants in last.
3). Light Blue House and White Flowered Yard
Don’t plant too much of the same thing. When these trees stop flowering, what will the landscape offer?
4). Landscaping Lawn
Don’t let a big lawn suck your resources. A nice stand of lush grass is a time, water and nutrient glutton. Reduce the size of your lawn with landscape beds that feature attractive, low-maintenance perennials, shrubs and trees.
5). Ivy on the House
Don’t let ivy climb your house unless you’re ready to do annual pruning. The ivy vines may be beautiful, but once established, they can cover windows, gutters and beyond. They can also serve as bridges for pests, especially termites. And never let vines climb a frame house.
6). Exterior of Home with Large Trees
Don’t plant trees too close to the house, and don’t plant species that may overtake the yard or your home’s proportions.
7.) Paver Stone Patio with Shrubs
Don’t install one-dimensional planting beds. Plant in layers, with low-growing plants concealing the legginess of the taller plants behind. The small “facer” plants give you the chance to introduce plants of a complementary color and texture.
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