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Scale in Landscape Design

Landscape Design / July 14, 2014

Proper design will help ensure a successful and beautiful native plant garden. In this class you will learn how to create a list of goals for your landscape, analyze your site (soils, light, water, drainage, slope, traffic patterns, neighboring conditions, etc.) and perform an inventory of existing features. You will also learn about base maps (what they are and how to create and use them) and designing a garden layout and conceptual plan. It also covers how to incorporate existing plants and other features into a fresh design and how to find helpful resources or professional assistance.

A large-scale landscape often has so much land that to do anything on it boggles the mind. Where do you even start, let alone finish? Budget often requires a long-term approach, and it can be difficult to prioritize all the options. Lots of structure is required to make the outdoors safe and comfortable. Windbreaks; placement of outbuildings; how to have a feeling of privacy; how to manage animals, wild and otherwise; how to think about production projects like orchards or nut groves to help pay the taxes: these are but a few of the things you need to consider. Broad-scale landscapes require much more research, testing, and study than most people think. In this class you will be exposed to a design methodology and process that will simplify your project and make it much easier for you to think about and plan it. Slides will show techniques and ideas for practicality and beauty. You deserve to enjoy your land.

Source: informal.utexas.edu