Landscape gardening is the practice of refashioning and remodeling a field, yard or an urban area, with an intention of beautifying it. It refers to the designing and arrangement of gardens to enrich the aesthetic beauty of a landscape. However, landscape gardening is not a piece of cake, it requires thorough study and examination. Landscaping is conducted differently in different parts of the region. Therefore a landscape expert is mandatory, especially if it is being done for the first time. Some natural features must be considered while landscaping, which includes: topography, soil qualities, terrain, prevailing winds, depth of frost line and the system of flora and fauna. Grading is required when the landscape is not suitable for landscaping. Landscaping is also extremely important on a social level. T enhances how plants are used as food and human use. It involves rejuvenation and regeneration of land destroyed by human activities like erosion, etc.
The landscape expert or contractor starts with a rough outline of the planning of the land. The tools and equipment used are chainsaws, bulldozers and lawnmowers. Landscapers mix gravel with rocks if different size to enhance the appeal of the landscape. A landscaper is instrumental in modifying earth and water to improve the aesthetic view. A landscaper perform activities like: cutting or trimming trees, planting flowers, building garden structures and installment of irrigation systems. On high levels, they are also involved in landscape architecture, like designing of golf course.
The aspects of landscape gardening include: Design, Build and Maintain.
- Design: Designing of landscape includes decorating it with a variety of plants and materials. The landscapers style the landscape keeping in mind the client’s requirements. However, they also consider other facets which can occur like water logging during rainfall, shady areas needed for particular plants and sunny areas for patio location.
- Build: Perfect build can add beauty to a landscape. This can be achieved by using natural stone patios, stone and brick wall, natural stone and paving driveways, pergoals, side gates, timber decking, fencing and decking, paving, driveways, turfing, removal of earth, raised flower beds, ground leveling, railway sleepers and all types of fencing.
- Maintain: Maintainence of landscape and gardening is essential to keep the garden/ landscape in a good condition. Maintainence programs include: weed control, line-trimming, mowing, mulching, blowing, hedge and tree pruning, seasonal clean-ups, cut-backs, seeding, power washing, irrigation repair, drainage repair, tree programs and winter programs.