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You probably know that gardening is good for your health. With gardening, you can relieve stress and get a workout at the same time, all while improving your curb appeal. You probably also know how hard it is to make space for a garden in today’s urban environment. Go ahead and take a drive into older neighborhoods. You’ll see smaller houses on larger lot sizes. It’s a lot easier to plant a garden when you’ve got all that extra space. So how do you figure out landscaping on a small scale?

Start with a Plan

This might seem obvious, but if you’re trying to create a stunning landscape scene, you’re going to need to know exactly where everything is going to go,...

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Everyone wants to make their home look its best. Your home makes a statement about you, both inside and out. With a solid garden design plan, your landscape architect can work with you to bring your personality out in your home. You’ll find great tips on this page to help your landscape design process reach its full potential.


Decide a Style that Suits You


Your home’s landscape is the first thing people see. You should add your own style to your garden design so your house speaks to who you are. If you like to host formal parties, or the odd get together with friends or colleagues, you’re going to want a different style than if you like to keep it casual, just going with th...

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Grass has been a standard part of landscape design for a very long time. Landscape designers use both natural and artificial grass on lawns, sports fields, golf courses, parks, and many other places. Both natural and artificial grass have benefits including environmental, health and safety, and even economic improvements. So keep grass in mind for your landscape design, there are many different ways to incorporate it into your landscape design.


Lower Heat


You can help reduce the heat island effect from urban development with turfgrass. When it’s hot out, your grass will be cooler than asphalt by 30 degrees or more. Additionally, your grass will be at least 14 degrees cooler than bare d...

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It can be challenging for an urban landscape designer to explain how his landscape designs will help a single business. Urbanites have a tendency to pigeonhole all greenspace as shared areas that don't help anyone in particular. This leads to a desire to be located near a nicely landscaped area, but not have anything to do with establishing one. Real estate agents chanting location, location, location reinforce the idea.


It's natural for a business owner to look at landscape designs as a cost. It's important for landscape designers to point out the ways that a professionally designed outdoor space can also deliver real benefits. Business decision makers understand cost/benefit propositions, ...

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Many outside observers have trouble understanding that cities are constantly evolving and changing. When a stranger visits a city, it can seem entirely built out, and for want of a better word, finished. That's because people who live in suburbia or exurbia understand development as a shift from nature to structures. In the city, it's more like a shift from one type of structure to another. However, not all development involves a shift to concrete and pavement. In many cases, urban landscape design techniques increase the amount of green space in the city while accommodating increased population. Smart cities use urban planning to encourage better livability while accommodating growth.



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Landscape design isn't really a single design discipline. Landscape designers and landscape architects must integrate a series of design elements to produce a coherent end product. Urban design firms usually have even more design elements to take into account when producing and executing their design work. Urban design often has more existing structures to work around than other types of landscape design.


In addition to producing a livable, practical, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space, landscape designers also have to plan for the future more than other design professionals. Architects don't need to worry about their buildings moving around, but a landscape architect must plan for th...

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Urban landscape design firms improve cities in a lot of ways. By making the city more visually appealing, they contribute to the quality of life for all residents. Urban landscape design is more than decoration, though. It should organize important details like seating, signage, transportation hubs, and related items. Landscape design in the city is all about integration.


Many of the details can seem trivial, but they must knit together to achieve a harmonious effect. Landscape architects strive to achieve coherence from many disparate elements. Working in cities is especially challenging for a landscape designer, because you have to work within the confines of the existing structures.


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Landscape design is a complex undertaking. Landscape architects combine a wide array of technical and artistic details into a coherent end product that works on both a practical and an aesthetic basis. Luckily, advances in technology are making landscape design easier.



Computer aided design has already revolutionized the way designers and architects plan and execute their designs. Powerful personal computers made the CAD revolution possible. The smartphone revolution of the past decade might turn out to be as useful to designers as CAD was. Applications build on the usability and portability of smartphones and other mobile devices. Here's a list of 5 useful smartphone apps for landscape desi...

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Landscape design in urban settings has many challenges. Cities aren't usually planned from scratch to include green spaces from the beginning. As the typical city grows, the proportion of paved areas to open green space slowly becomes overwhelming. The push to hire urban design firms to increase the amount of green areas is usually a reaction to the fact that too much of the city has become hardscaped.


Landscape design in the city works within existing constraints to produce a more livable balance of nature and urban amenity. We've compiled a list of 5 ways that landscape architecture firms reconnect urban dwellers with nature:


Making the Original Connection


In order to reconnect urban dwell...

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