Are you like a majority of people who associate the notion of landscape only with plants? Landscape is defined as something to look at; a scene. It incorporates all the visible features found in a certain area of countryside or land more so considered in terms of their overall aesthetic appeal. Landscape also means a work of art that is appreciated for its aesthetic value. If you were to Google the term landscape, you would end up with much more sites offering landscape paintings than those that are dealing with real-life landscapes. Furthermore, when you hear somebody referring to landscaping, they will most probably be talking about adding plants to their backyard or compound, or beautifying it with plants. So, in this context, a landscape may also refer to an assortment of plants added for their visual appeal, or because they are aesthetically pretty or interesting.
However, landscape means much more than just the prettiness of a space. Actually, it constitutes everything outside your house, including:
– The sun & the shade; the wind & the breezes
– The entire ground, both within boundary lines & beyond
– All the rainwater flowing across the topography, as well as the groundwater flowing beneath
– Views all around, both incoming & outgoing
– The driveways & parking spaces, as well as where the driveway joins the road
– Snow & snow piles
– The entire bedrock & surface rocks
– All paths, steps, patio, deck & every other space where people gather together or walk around
– In the soil: all creatures, minerals, microbes, chemicals, gases, nutrients
– And finally, Plants
In order to ensure that your Long Island Landscape Design remains truly livable, enjoyable and pleasant to everybody’s eyes, the most crucial things that you should deal with are the very ones that most never even associate with the term landscape . They include: the way people get in and out of your house (as well as around your yard); your car’s driving and parking space; how water flows around without causing any issues; the presence of a cozy sitting place and other outdoor spaces that extend your house’s indoor comforts; etc. Though plants may have an impact on the above experiences, they may also not have any.
Before your Long Island Landscape Designer can pick what plants to arrange as part of a landscape, they first ensures that all the major components of your yard or property have been appropriately positioned and shaped relative to the others, as well as to the surroundings. Once this has been accomplished, the physical properties of the area can now get started. Adding more plants alone, or jazzing up your yard with flowers, would not achieve that.
Neither beauty nor utility alone is the whole answer for landscaping. Landscape design constitutes, above everything else, the shaping of relationships. A landscape designer’s real job is to see to it that all the spaces and everything within them are arranged such that the entire place feels well, works right and looks fantastic, all at the same time.
Sitescapes Landscape Design is an award winning Long Island Residential Landscape Design & Build Company. They offer solutions that will enhance the beauty and value of your home on Long Island.