Homestead and South Florida Landscape Design & Implementation
Follow the process
A simple rule of thumb to avoid hassles in the future is to space out the plants and allow for equipment access. There will always be a need to access certain areas and having this in mind when planning will save time and money down the road. Some of the machinery that may be used is a stump grinder, lawn mower, and building equipment for future projects like porches, pools and additional trees or plants. Do not have all this work done only to tear it out in the future. The proper spacing will also allow the air to circulate which will prevent pests and fungus.
Now that all the plants are spaced out properly, we can give a general idea on what plants and ornaments to place on the property. Typically, it is best to have one item that sets itself out from the rest of the landscape. This will help guide the eye and give it the emotional connection by moving the eye through the landscape in an orderly fashion. This focal point can be unique tree, statue, or another architectural feature. The idea is to find something that is uniquely different from the rest of the property and then let everything else fall into place around it. However, it should not be so unique that it does not fit in with the rest of the property, should fit the size and theme of the landscape.
Catch the eye
An additional design feature that can be used to add interest to a property is the curve. The curve draws the eye and helps guide it in a unique fashion through the property. The curve should be subtle and not overdone and can take the form of a walkway or shrub formation. Then the curve can be accented with the hedges or planters around it. The trick is to make sure the curves do not compete with each other and there is one symmetrical pattern. Another way to add interest is by adding movement to the theme. This can be done by adding a fountain, flowers to attract butterflies and honeybees, or even plants that sway in the wind. By adding this element, the property will have a real life artistic effect that everyone can enjoy.
Perhaps the biggest thing to consider when choosing the right plants and trees for a property is the size the plant will grow to and the speed in which they grow. You will want to plan this out carefully because it will limit the area in which they can be contained. Also, the maintenance for fast growing plants is much greater and can far outweigh the value of their initial purchase price.