Have you ever visited lisse, in the Netherlands?? It isn’t a landscaped sight though but your eyes just won’t get tired of enjoying the beautiful scenery.
The world is so full of beautiful and attractive sites that you will lose count. The big question is, can we make our homes appear so beautiful and magnificent like this places?? The answer is a big yes. Interestingly, landscaping works best to them that have the patience to wait for the outcome to be realised. Some ornamentals will take more than a few months or a year to be seen as fully mature and serving the intended purpose.
Before landscaping can be done, there are factors every landscaping enthusiast like me should consider;
1) Size of the land to be landscaped.
Depending on the size of your homestead or the area you are landscaping, one has to choose the ornamental outdoor plants that will best suit the size of the given place. If the site to be landscaped is large,one may plant different types of ornamental plants, this will make it appear small if that’s the desire of the user. If the area to be landscaped is small , it can be made to appear large by planting widely spaced, carefully selected ornamental plant species.
2) The climate where the site to be landscaped is located.
Ornamental outdoor plants just like any other plants have their soil and climate requirements. A landscaper therefore has no option but to plant those ornamentals that are favoured by the climate in a given area.
3) Utilities on site.
Some items in the landscape by way of position or function might influence the landscape design including plants to be used. For example tall growing ornamental trees should not be planted under electricity power lines or large rooted ornamental trees like Ficus benjamina planted near underground sewer lines. The Ficus spp. has roots that can spread over a large area causing damage to concrete.
4) Consider the buildings on site
The distance between buildings on site is important since it determines the area covered by shade and thus enable a landscaper to know what ornamental outdoor plants they might use on a landscape. Highly shaded areas should be noted so that low-light preferring ornamental plant species such as philodendrons are planted.
Allelopathic Cyprus trees planted as hedges will be disastrous to your immediate neighbours since they will not be able to plant crops for food on the side of their hedges. Care should be taken on what species to use on hedges.
6) A client’s budget on landscaping work.
Landscaping is usually very simple using locally available materials. However, if one wants to go for the best such as ornamental pebble stones, marble definitely he will have to spend more.
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