Landscape Renovation: Piece by Piece

  Before and after photos of a landscape renovation project. The work involved is well worth the results..
Photo credit: Water-Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes

Landscape renovation piece by piece spreads the cost of installation over time.

Consider a plan for the entire property before deciding how and where to begin, otherwise, connections to other parts of the property may end up seeming cobbled together or fragmented. 

Two ways to approach this type of landscape renovation are to renovate each area …

Residential Landscapes: Opportunities and Constraints for Design

Opportunities and constraints or pros and cons in residential landscapes are identified in the analysis phase of landscape design following a complete inventory  of all elements on the property.

Identify all elements on the property and note them on the landscape or plot plan. Decide what elements should be kept or enhanced and what should be changed or removed. Also, get a sense of how the site “feels”. For instance, the site might feel exposed due to a lack of …

Residential Landscape Design: Keeping a Garden Journal

  Keep an eye out for beneficial as well as insect pests and note plant affected, time of year, and weather conditions. Close up of a green stink bug.
Photo credit: David Cornwell Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Record plant locations on a simple map and save plant tags in case replacements are needed.
Photo credit: Susan Buffler

Keeping a garden journal during the  landscape design process is an excellent way of keeping track of valuable information that will guide future changes …