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Comprehensive Landscape Design Begins with a Thorough Site Analysis
We believe that the best landscape designs start with the basics, answering a series of questions and identifying considerations that will inform the ultimate design vision, including many of the following:
- How large is the site?
- What is the soil makeup of this site?
- What are the soil conditions on the site?
- Areas that are compacted on the site?
- Slope - the direction and percent of slope. Contour lines may have to be generated on the landscape plan.
- How does water drain on the site?
- What type of microclimate?
- What plants exist on the site?
- What native plants exist on the site?
- Unique characteristics
- Shady areas. Sunny areas.
- Where is the water table?
- How do the ocean tides affect the site?
- Existing buildings, fences, walks and other structures should be located on the landscape plan.
- Utilities - all utilities above and below ground should be placed on the landscape plan
- Legal aspects - deed restrictions, easements, building and zoning regulations, boundary lines, right of way and setbacks should be drawn on the landscape plan. Some communities or jurisdictions have regulations or ordinances which prohibit the planting of plants within certain distances of the curb, the planting of certain plants, the construction of certain types and sizeable brings, and the blocking of views.
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