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The methods of landscaping steep slopes and hillsides must simply address creative ways to hold the property in place. And while designs may vary depending on location, materials, and other circumstances, the basics are pretty much the same for most. Some basic methods will hold or simply cover the soil and others will be more elaborate and dependent on other principles
For instance in St. Louis Park MN , if deep rooted ground cover plants are used without any retaining walls or support, the method of watering will need to be adjusted much different than that of flat or terraced ground. So the survival of ground cover plants and lawns on hills and steep grades will also require different considerations for proper watering.
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Landscaping projects, no matter how large or small they are, require thorough research and planning in advance. This is especially true when landscaping small yards. One should be meticulous in doing a good job up front because with the limited space, you need ensure that all of your landscaping architecture elements are design and fitted to maximize the impact of your project despite its size.The three main design elements that will be discussed are modification, fit and structure.ModificationLandscaping a backyard is all about changing the its appearance and modifying it for personal satisfaction. One of the resulting benefits of this modification is an immediate upgrade to the home's value in the market. The modifying changes could vary from simply changing the plants, to arranging the structures in the yard, to a more dramatic project involving excavation and constructing materials that could drastically change the landscape. Perfect FitWhen considering landscaping for small backyards, you need to first assess the size or the part of the backyard to be used. Based on the calculated size, you can then proceed with research ideas and begin the planning process. There is no real difference in researching landscape projects for small or big yards. The same rules apply. A good understanding of the space, its flow, potential use, weather conditions and soil type all have important design considerations.Sources of design information are varied. Libraries, garden centers and magazines are all good ways to obtain design keys and imaginative alternatives. Landscape pictures are a wonderful source of information for planning purposes. You may feel that you can combine various elements and styles together- it's all up to personal choice, local conditions and budget. And asking around will also assist you. Check with neighbors and if you see a landscaping project that catches your eye, reach out and get further information on how the project was conceived and built.When you have a small backyard, planning should be based om simple landscaping ideas but be detailed in design. The type of plants that you intend to use need to be placed accordingly. Be mindful of the color and the sizes of the plants, as well as the positioning of each because their foot print changes as they grow.Structuring Each ElementWhen you are landscaping a small backyard, you need to consider the size and placements of landscape structures. Each of these structures affect both the flow of the backyard as well as its footprint's space on the overall dimensions of the backyard. Many small backyards become quite restricted with the haphazard placement of sculptures, feeders, ornamental rocks and other hard landscaping features. By best positioning the structure, you can actually make a small area look larger which again has a dramatic positive impact to the yards appeal, function, flow and value. Other structures that are appropriate for small backyards include small water features, like a small pond or a simple fountain. The importance of fencing in a small area is also a key design feature. In addition, fencing can provide enhanced security and privacy benefits to your backyard. With all the new trends in fencing, there are a lot of design choices and options, to fit any small backyard landscape layout and budget.Landscaping small yards may be quite a challenge. But plan wisely, be creative and enjoy!
While the majority of elements discussed here focus on the erosion control and planting of hills and sharp grades, there are also other elements that may need consideration. In some instances, access may be necessary up and down the side of the lot and so of course there will be a need for stairs or steps. This directory has a lot of great ideas and pictures of stairs and steps that can be used in landscaping and garden.
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Decorative landscaping structures can add a lot to a home: value, beauty, and an outside living or dining area. Some of the most popular landscape structures are pergolas, gazebos, and arbors.PergolasComing from the Latin word pergola, meaning a projecting eve, pergolas were popular in Italian gardens during the times of the Renaissance. Pergolas have vertical posts that anchor and sustain crossbeams and lattice. Though they can be constructed out of vinyl or fiberglass, wood is typically the most popular material and cedar is typically used because of its durability.Smaller pergolas have four posts and measure 8' x 8'. The smaller styles are usually used to bring attention to a specific spot in a garden, like a pool or sitting area. There are no roofs or walls on this type of structure, so one can feel the breeze while relaxing inside of it.Bigger pergolas are often used to form a passageway. Different pergola styles cover walkways, link pavilions to each other, bring attention to a terrace, or provide an extra architectural element to one's home. GazebosGazebos are used all over the world and each country has a different name for them. They can add a beauty and function to any backyard.Gazebos are usually octagonal or round in shape and can be small enough to fit a few garden lounge chairs in or big enough to host a band. They will have at least four posts and are open structures made of wood, metal, vinyl, or fiberglass. Gazebos have a roof that has one or two tiers that provide protection from the elements.Modern homeowners may choose to build a gazebo in a backyard as part of deck, pool area, or even onto an area of concrete on a patio. People look for gazebos to host parties in, shade an outside dining set, or to cover a spa or lounge area.Non-traditional uses of gazebos include using them as a work or meeting space if the weather is nice. Some suggest using a gazebo as a play area for children. Gardeners are using gazebos as potting sheds so everything can be conveniently located close to the home garden. Some homeowners even place exercise equipment in their gazebos.ArborsArbors in the garden are typically arches that create a focal point to a bigger element in a yard or to welcome guests to one's home. These structures can also provide a short walkway cover, be placed over a bench or gate, be used at the beginning of a path, and indicate a walkway up to a home or an opening in a garden.Arbors often have vines growing on them and can be made of wood or vinyl and can be used in a garden of any size. A cedar arbor is the most popular type because of the durability of the natural resource. A vinyl arbor is the second most popular choice for its durability and light weight.Placing Landscaping StructuresDeciding on a place to put landscaping structures can be as difficult as choosing which one to get. One needs to think about what makes the most sense for their garden and how much room is available. Landscaping structures are great to use at the end or beginning of a path. If there is a hill on one's home that has a great view, take advantage of the viewpoint by placing a structure there. When a water element is available, landscape designers will place a structure near the water so the sound can be enjoyed. The water element could be a pool, pond, or small waterfall. The deck is also a great place to build a landscaping structure since it is a convenient location close to the home. Some will even place a landscape structure in the middle of a large garden to create a reading area or tea room.Using a landscaping structure is a simple way to add an element of style and elegance to any home in a manner that can be cost efficient and worth every penny.~ Flora Richards-Gustafson, 2009
Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor space using the compositional elements of vegetation, landform, water and structures such as walls, seating, lighting, steps etc. The U.S.A. is a large country with varied geographical resources presenting opportunities to landscape architects to improvise with and accommodate these resources. Even though there is minimal threat to natural habitats the growing urbanization and moving population is encouraging construction and designing of neighborhood parks or playgrounds. These are relatively small but of intensive use for education, health and recreation purposes. The first American professional landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead Sr. was responsible for construction of the new Central Park (NY) in 1857. The project was resumed after the Civil War along with new ones in Brooklyn, N.Y.; New Britain, Connecticut; San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois and across America. With the success of these ventures and the growing popularity of constructed park cemeteries, the landscape gardener was beginning to be referred to as a landscape architect. Schools and colleges across the country pitched in, offering professional degrees in landscape architecture to budding landscape architects. Landscape architecture is now recognized by the International Labor Organization and is represented by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).The landscape architect is not a lonely figure. They have the backing of professional associations and a wide spectrum of projects ranging from roads, reservoirs, river reclamation, forests, housing development projects, industrial estates, rapid urbanization and other projects. If one is thinking of becoming a landscape architect, one needs to have a creative flair and appreciation for nature in all its forms. Along with this is needed an analytical mind to design, manage, preserve and rehabilitate cities into functional and aesthetically pleasing entities. Whether working for a firm or being self-employed, the increasing demand for designed outdoor spaces is turning landscape architecture into a challenging profession.