There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to installing a new landscape. We are often called to redesign entire areas of the client’s yard, be it the front, back or quite often, the entire property. Before anything can be done, the most important step is to create a master plan.
“When we start to review a new landscape design, many clients are surprised to learn how the different elements of the overall design impact each other,” shares Julia Pentecost. “A drainage issues will impact how we recreate the lawn and extend new gardens. A new hardscape dictates where existing or new irrigation lines are installed, and tree and shrub selection dictates the perennial options. It all ties together and the only way to know if the pieces fit, is to have a master plan.”
A new landscape can be a significant investment, especially if it involves all new plant material, hardscapes, lighting and irrigation. It’s an investment that brings a lot of enjoyment, but it may be too much to take on at once. When this is the case, we break the master plan into smaller projects that flow effortlessly into each other.
“When a master plan is broken into separate projects we insure projects are organized in a way so not to damage earlier work or to make subsequent steps more difficult,” Julia stresses. “Quite often we handle all aspects of the installation, but with some clients, who are garden enthusiasts, we may tackle the heavy lifting, such as drainage issues, soil amendment and hardscape installation, leaving the straight gardening projects in their hands. It’s a partnership and when everyone is working from the same game plan, the final result will be spectacular.”