Tips on Planning Landscape Design

Winter is a good time to start planning landscape design. To achieve landscape goals, begin planning early in winter months.

Landscape design is comprised of four phases. Phase one is the planning and design phase. Phase two is the appropriations phase. Phase three begins when the soil is workable. Phase four entails planting, fertilizing and pruning blooms and greenery. The basic time frame for each phase is two to three months. This timeline is used by professional landscapers and nurserymen when providing local garden design services.

Reasons to Start Planning Landscape Design Now

Landscaping designs should be compatible with climate and soil. In the UK, climate is variable from one region to the next. Landscape designs for hardy Cornwall temperatures might not be feasible for London’s urban climate.

The reasons to start planning landscape design now is to allow sufficient time to make changes should certain landscaping needs become unavailable. With a well designed landscape plan, it is possible to create the ideal landscape that endures from spring through late autumn.

There are several types of landscape plantings that will accomplish this goal. View the landscape design as you would a map. Plan the location of foundation plantings and consider where existing foundation plantings are located. Make note of any foundation plantings like taxis yews and other evergreens that require replacement, removal or pruning.

Utilize winter months to prepare a comprehensive landscape design that makes the second phase of landscaping less labor-intensive. Evaluate the existing landscape and redesign it to create stunning results.


Bring the Landscape Design to Life

Within Phase One, there may be several issues to address. These include:

  • Revitalizing depleted soil
  • Studying plant and flower sizes, colors, depths, heights and widths
  • Planning purchases of additional plants, shrubs or trees
  • Creating a landscaping maintenance routineTo bring the landscape design to life, evaluate the condition of the soil. If necessary, take a soil sample to a professional for testing to assess the condition of the soil. Study various plant and flower sizes, colors, depths, heights and widths so the landscape design is well balanced. If plants and flowers are added to landscape, new additions should balance with the existing design.Plan ahead for purchases of additional plants, shrubs and trees, according to the planned design. During winter months, it is possible to order these items for shipment at the appropriate planting times.To finalize Phase One, create a plan for landscaping maintenance to be done routinely or as needed