411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Eco Friendly House Cleaning Tips

Eco-friendly house cleaning has become something that more people are aware of, as greenhouse gases and global warming begin to affect us all. You...

on Aug 16, 2017

Everything You Need to Know about Drain Pipe Unblocking

The drain pipes in any property play an extremely important role in keeping the plumbing system running smoothly. These drain pipes are designed to...

on Aug 15, 2017

Improve Home Decor with a Fish Tank

When we think of improving home décor we may not always consider a fish tank. It seems like a small thing, normally tucked away on a shelf...

on Aug 11, 2017

How to Repair Small Foundation Cracks

Identifying early symptoms of foundation trouble can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. The sooner you spot problems, the easier and less...

on Aug 11, 2017

High Tech Home Security

Modern homes have far more security options than those of only a generation ago. Smart homes mean smarter home security options for homeowners. If...

on Aug 11, 2017

Creating Your Landscape Site Plan - Part 2

by Dan Eskelson on Apr 30, 2012

Please also visit part 1, Creating Your Landscape Plan

The last article, Creating Your Landscape Site Plan, described how to draw your site plan and evaluate the conditions specific to your site. Don't underestimate the importance of this step: a thorough understanding of all environmental factors is critical.

For example, in the north, you probably need to know from which direction the cold winds come in winter; you may be able to create a windbreak or shelter belt of plant material to help keep your home warmer. In the south, you will be more concerned with establishing sufficient afternoon shade and taking advantage of any cooling breezes. Yes, careful placement of plants can actually channel breezes to where they'll do the most good.

The above are just two examples...there are *many* other factors to consider as you place your softscape and hardscape into your landscape design.

There are several techniques for actually drawing your design. One of the best is using tracing paper over your site plan. Using your knowledge of plant forms and size, or a database which provides this information, draw your plants and hardscape elements on the tracing paper...you probably won't be satisfied with the first result, so simply use another piece of tracing paper. Just sketch the items to scale...don't worry about beauty. You can save your copies to evaluate the benefits of each version.

Another popular method is to create a number of cutouts to represent plants and hardscape items. These can be moved around on the site plan in various configurations...when you're happy with the results, pencil in the locations.

Don't rush this process - and keep in mind all the site specific conditions...wind directions, topography, sun angles, your preferences, etc. It's a mind-expanding process! You'll find that several design sessions will produce much better results than trying to do it all at once. Share your work with other family members - they may have insights you would overlook.

Please also visit Creating Your Landscape Site Plan Part 1 of this article.

Dan Eskelson @ Clearwater Landscapes, Inc.

Author

Most Recent Articles

Random Articles

How to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter Months

You’ve spent months building a BBQ in your garden, enjoying your homemade furniture and admired the carefully selected hanging baskets you...

Garden / Landscaping

Four Main Types of Forklift Trucks

Counterbalance forklift trucks have forks situated at the front of the truck and they have no out-rigging legs or arms. The main advantage of...

Construction / Materials

What You Need to Know about Basement Waterproofing

A wet, leaking basement is a seller’s, buyer’s and homeowner’s worst nightmare. A leaking basement can be a health hazard; it...

Plumbing / Basements

Importance of Hiring a Qualified Electrician

Whether your home renovation project is something that you have been wanting to do for many years or is just a spur of time decision, your project...

Hire Contractors / Estimates

Vanity and Sink Types for the Modern Bathroom

The choices available these days for bathroom sinks, for vanities, and for cabinets, are seemingly endless. You have the choice of investing $50...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017