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to describe the vegetative materials which are used to improve a landscape by design. The corresponding term hard landscape is used to describe construction materials. The range of soft landscape materials includes each layer of the ecological sequence: aquatic plants, semi-aquatic plants, field layer plants (including grasses and herbaceous plants) shrubs and trees.
Hard & Soft Landscaping...
Envirascape offer a complete design and build service for both hard and soft, domestic and commercial landscaping; Hard Landscaping: Elements include; paths, driveways, garden walls, patios and hard landscape maintenence. Soft Landscaping: Elements include; Earth moving and soil amelioration, planting, shrubs, semi mature trees etc, seeding and turfing, mulching and soft landscape maintenence.
All about hard and soft landscaping
While hard landscaping covers all civil works such as pavements, retaining walls, screen walls and pergolas, soft landscaping deals with all that is green.
ART OF LANDSCAPING: It is necessary to relieve the monotony of endless stretches of green. PHOTO: BIJOY GHOSH
whether it is flowing in the form of an artificial stream or a fountain. But for an architect. While hard landscaping covers all civil work such as pavements. is possible in residences where one can plan and spruce up the fountain and the garden lighting in time for a guest's arrival. Here we are not talking about the water needed to grow and maintain the greenery. both aesthetically and practically. This. A good idea would be to tone down the nozzle apertures when not on display. but water as an element in design.. K. the droplets that are thrown into the air as part of the nozzle action add to the cooling process. however. a large part of it is due to evaporation loss even if the fountain happens to be in the shade and also because a considerable part of it is lost when the nozzles throw up a jet ² the thumb rule being. Importance of water In campuses water. The presence of a water body of reasonable size has an effect of cooling down the immediate environs and when it takes the form of fountain. screen walls. retaining walls. garden lighting and such other items on the landscaping agenda. pergolas and the like.Any landscape proposal generally comprises of hard and soft elements. When we talk about loss of water in fountains. especially those spaces that immediately enclose a large building. From the initial stages of choosing which areas are best suited to particular activities and requirements. Of course other related aspects deal with irrigation. .and science . to the choice and placing of individual plants for impact and luxuriant growth.of designing features for an outside space so as to enhance and improve the entire property.. the higher the jet the greater the loss of water due to spray. Another important feature of a landscaped area is water. the main reason for its existence is to relieve the monotony of endless stretches of green. RAGHURAMAN landscape design from green solutions landscaping The Art and Science of Gardening Landscaping is the art . shrubs or grass. Hard landscaping and soft complement each other and cannot be seen independent of each other. soft landscaping deals with all that is green. be it trees. an equally important reason to have flowing or churning water as part of the plan is to better the immediate micro-climate.
sun. grouping plants with similar needs together. Apart from the pleasure of a beautiful . Contact Green Solutions Landscaping for more advice on the design of your garden .hard landscaping and soft landscaping. horticulture and maintenance. soil and water but the specific requirements for each vary tremendously. Plants have very basic needs . gazebos. construction. water features and even the garden gnome! With hard landscaping you need to think about style and scale. retaining walls and fences.Landscape design involves knowledge and skill in several interwoven areas: design. If a feature is too large or too small for your space it can ruin the effect. There are two main stages and aspects in all garden design . The Value of Landscaping Spending money on your garden is not a frivolous expense. Many elements can look completely out of place in the wrong setting. but saves you time. paving. This is not only more ecologically sound. patios and paths. Green Solutions will choose the plants suitable for your particular site and requirements.It includes all the non-living elements in a garden: y y y walls.Do you want a dog or child friendly garden? Do you want to attract birds to your garden? What kind of irrigation system will best suit your garden? Take the guesswork out of gardening and contact Green Solutions Landscaping for a professional analysis of your hard and soft landscaping requirements. Well chosen and well placed hard landscaping will add to the practicality and beauty of the outdoor area. Plus our horticultural knowledge allows us to create a garden with year-round appeal that is tailored to your needs . Soft Landscaping Soft Landscaping includes all the living things in your garden. pots. Hard Landscaping Hard Landscaping forms the bones of an outdoor space and sets the tone for the style of the garden. This is where the experience of Green Solutions can help you save time and money. We take the guesswork out of gardening.
Professional advice at a fraction of the price! ne of my main aims when asked to design a garden around a new house. Estate agents estimate that 95% of buyers will not even get out of their cars if the house isn't appealing from the outside and that has a lot to do with the garden surrounding it! Landscaping shows a 100 to 200% return on your investment. For example. creation and planting. with the soft textures being filled by the lush alpine planting. I shall give you some insight into rockery layout. homes with good or excellent landscaping had a 14 to 17 percent higher selling price compared to those houses with poor or average landscaping. as rockeries often look their best when built into sloping ground or banked against a wall even. straight planting lines and symmetrical plant placement immediately exposes a poorly built rockery as man-made and contrived. which both come in at between 75 to 100%. with plants positioned to reflect mother natures irregular seed sowing pattern. A simple traditional rockery should be designed to resemble a natural rock out-crop. Contact Green Solutions today and turn your garden into an investment that you can enjoy.garden. If this situation exists within your garden. this combination of incorrect rock selection. you are making a worthwhile investment and increasing the value of your asset: y y y Professional landscaping will add value to your property. try also to select some character-filled rock with cracks and fissures. utilise it. In essence. another problem with trees is the fact that water falling from the leaves outer edge (drip-line) onto alpine plants can quickly reduce them to soggy rotten specimens. This area should use only one type of rock e. Keep it natural. An obvious crock of a rock(ery). all to often. but proves un-mowable due to its steepness. are living in harmony within the site. sharp and smooth. If you have a small garden let Green Solutions Landscaping do the design. Also. Locations. and you can have fun doing the gardening. the rocks and gravel represent the hard textures. seek out sunny locations. Building a rockery is a project that many of you out there may happily undertake this coming summer. I aim to create a situation where the opposites of hard and soft. lucky you. It goes without saying that concrete blocks. is to soften the impact that new building has within what was once a green field site. In a study conducted in the US. There are certain areas of your garden that may lend themselves very well to a rockery placement. limestone. a bank of sloping ground that grows grass well enough. Do not position the rockery near trees due partly to the shade factor. A prime example of the achievement of this hard/soft harmony is to be found within the rock garden. bricks or pavers should not be used to make up the numbers within your alpine construction. It would also be ideal if the rockery had some shelter from harsh winds. so over a few articles. granite or whatever stone is local. enabling the plants to retain fresh . as opposed to kitchen and bathroom renovation. this could actually be a blessing in disguise. constructing your rockery or rocky out-crop in a sun trap will benefit the growth and blooming of the particular types of alpine plants which look most at home amongst the rocks.g. Unfortunately. Look at our new e-Landscaping Design solutions.
leading to the plant drying out. a sunny mountain slope with a gritty free draining soil. Alpines or alpine plants are usually low growing specimens. spread another 5 cm layer of rough gravel or chip on top. this sandwich¶s the fabric and fills the 20 cm excavation right to the top. but have a strong dislike of excessive rain. To my eye. . followed by a 5 cm layer of rough gravel or chip. Finally. which have the uncanny ability to thrive in tough surroundings. comparable to their origins atop the Alps. This advance creation of drainage beneath the rockery is a very important step in its construction especially if your local soil is on the sticky side. a massed bedding display or a host of naturalised bulbs are the only equals to the colours displayed by an alpine filled rockery. Many alpines produce brightly coloured flowers because in alpine areas pollinating insects can be scarce. Most alpines can also withstand low temperatures and cold winds. as it will be buried out of sight. An alpine is the common name given to any plant found on the slopes of mountains such as these. Himalayas and Andes. As water can be limited where they grow in the wild. at a height above which trees fail to grow. To enable brilliant alpine blooming. Sunny mountain flowers. quite a few alpines have taken on a low cushion form. the industrious gardener should do his/her best to offer the plants a free draining growing position. the strikingly bright alpine flowers are one sure way of attracting these winged pollinators from miles around. This gravel need not be the fancy decorative sort. Then. Back fill the area with a 10 cm layer of rubble or large broken stone.new growth and flowers for as long as possible. We are aiming as best we can to recreate the situation where alpines occur in the wild. How to create your drainage layer. thee main purpose for the creation of a rockery area within your garden is to provide a backdrop and growing site for the planting of alpines. The advance creation of a drainage layer beneath the rockery will provide free drainage for the many alpine plants that require such conditions. cover this gravel with a layer of weed prevention fabric such ³Plantex´ or ³Mypex´ to prevent soil washing down and filling (blocking) the drainage cavities. so something like the chip that is used by road workers to fill potholes will suffice. A typical fast drainage layer beneath an alpine garden requires you to excavate down to a depth of 20 cm. while others have fleshy or hairy leaves to prevent excessive water loss.
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