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Landscaping The art and science of growing plants in an outdoor setting. The Art of Landscaping Art - The production or expression of what is beautiful or appealing. • Painters - Colors • Musicians - Sounds • Sculptors - Shapes • Landscape designers - Plants LANDSCAPING = Arranging plants in away that is pleasing to the eye. (and functional!) Landscape Benefits What are the benefits from well-landscaped residential properties? • Aesthetic Value • Increase property value • Plants convey warmth, • Lend themselves to many protection, and comfort activities • Reduces noise pollution • Lower heating and cooling cost Landscaping Considerations Landscapers must consider many factors during the work on a landscape job. • terrain • climate • home, building, or other • intended use of the property physical structure • client’s wants In other words… The landscaping must “fit it” to the existing “landscape” Careers in The Green Industry Arborist - Tree care Associations - Green Industry associations & organizations Forester - Timber production Greenhouse Management - Growing and retailing annuals and perennials Green Industry Sales - Marketing and sales Horticulturalist - Grower or plant care technician Landscape Architect - Design professional level projects Landscape Contractor - Landscape design, installation and maintenance Landscape Designer - Design planting beds and landscapes Lawn Technician - Lawn care industry Nursery Management - Growing and selling trees & shrubs Parks & Recreation - Park management & recreational activities Turfgrass Management - Golf courses, athletic fields, recreational facilities, Landscaping Do’s and Don’t (Function) Outdoor dining area located too far from the kitchen, making getting food to and from inconvenient. Patio or other outdoor living area in exposed, afternoon sun Trees selected and placed so that their size and location makes them fill the gutters on the house and garage several times a year. Water source located too far from where you need it (flower or veggie garden) to be convenient. Ditto electrical outlets. Lighting that glares in your face, but doesn't light the path where you need to see where you're stepping. Don’ts Main entry to house not clear to visitors when they arrive. It should be obvious where you want them to go. They shouldn't have to cut across a lawn or creep through bushes looking for a way in. Walls or hedges directly adjacent to a driveway that make it difficult to open car doors freely. Ditto a driveway so narrow that when you get out of your car, you have to walk on the adjacent lawn or mulched area to get past the car. Shrubs, trees, or other tall plants located at the end of the driveway so that you can't see oncoming traffic when you want to get out. Don’ts Lawn shapes laid out so that they require a lot of extra trimming to get into awkward corners. A porch or steps that is so small that the door knocks you off into the foundation planting when you open it. Plantings along driveways and walks that are in the way of snow removal, whether a plow needs to push it somewhere, or you need to throw it with a shovel. Uneven or tippy paving stones that cause a safety hazard. Ditto walks so narrow that people have to walk single file. What’s next? Principles of Art Designing the Landscape Area The Design Process Let’s Play!
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