Typically, when most think of landscape design, they imagine creating detailed, blueprint-like spreads that pinpoint the location of every shrub and flowerbed. In reality, every change you make, whether it’s something that caught your eye at the nursery or adding a new ornamental species, is altering the landscape design in its entirety.
Even if the planting was intentional, it can come with unintended consequences; the wrong species in the wrong location can make the whole arrangement appear haphazard, or even worse — introduce new pests. The keyword is “cohesion” — finding that perfect balance in your landscape design. Surrey homeowners have the benefit of working with The Arborist, a team that has been creating some of the region’s most beautiful landscapes since 1983.
By choosing The Arborist for landscape design, Surrey property owners can maximize their curb appeal and minimize the frustrations that come with a poorly planned landscape. Let us show you how.
Plan for Lawnmowers and Other Equipment
When planning their landscapes, many homeowners view the exterior of their home as static, unchanging environments. In reality, your lawn and property receive more activity than you probably realize. With the aid of our team, we can help you plan for the lawnmower, garden hoses, holiday decorations, and other access considerations.
Even if they are far off, you may even want to consider future structural developments, such as adding a room onto your home or having a patio or porch constructed. If you have a septic system, or a grove of trees, you may also want to consider how heavy service equipment could hinder or negatively affect your landscape design. As someone once said, “It’s always easier to plan ahead than plan from behind.”
Start with the Obvious
Many homeowners become overwhelmed with the design process because they start with trying to fit every nuance and detail into the proposal. The best way to approach a landscape design is to start with the most obvious focal point (points). These will be the objects or plants that catch the eyes of passersby and truly give character to your design. These points of interest don’t even have to be a large boulder, statuette, fountain, or other imposing objects; the focal points simple have to deviate from the rest of your design, whether by colour, shape, or texture. The hardest part of creating points of interest is making your standout features not “stick out”.
What might work on a sprawling country property may not work so well in Surrey’s suburban areas. To help you strike the right scale and balance, we’ll assist you in choosing the right plants, flowers, and features.
Creating the Right Flow and Movement
Ever since pre-angled bordering materials landed on the market, homeowners have been overdoing it with the curves. Subtle, elongated curves work best; you want your landscape to be whimsical, not wavy. Speaking of flow, patches of tall grass are a great way to add some natural movement to your landscape. Remember: You want your landscape to appear as a living, breathing piece of nature, not static and sterile as if it’s being viewed in a photograph.
Let’s Discuss Your Options
While The Arborist helps design many landscapes for new construction projects, some of our favourite projects are for homeowners who have lived in one location for a number of years. Likely, the family has long accepted stubborn shrubberies, trees, and other aspects as unchangeable obstacles in their landscape design. We can help open your eyes to the many possibilities you’ve been missing!
We look forward to helping you design a landscape you will love and appreciate for many years to come — call The Arborist to get started!