Secondary Layers of Landscape Design Plans
The perfect outdoor space starts with the right landscape design plans. From the initial plot plan to finishing touches of the irrigation plan, every single element of your yard should be illustrated and planned through accurate landscape drawings.
These drawings ensure that your landscape blends with your home and complements the size of your property, while also providing essential details for the design installation.
There are many different types of landscape design plans. Some – like site plans, elevation drawings, and planting layouts are part of the preliminary layers – are crucial for a professional look and are typically part of every landscape design.
Irrigation Design Plans
Irrigation plans are optional hardscape features that provide convenience for maintaining your garden, especially during dry, warm months. There are many different brands and types of sprinkler systems so it is recommended to learn more about each before designing your irrigation plan.
One major decision will be selecting between a spray irrigation system or a drip method of watering. Spray sprinklers are the most widely used, providing large amounts of water to a specific area of the lawn through one of many sprinkler heads.
Drip irrigation runs beneath your lawn and waters flowers, shrubs, and grass at their roots. Drip systems are more efficient and beneficial than spray irrigation, but they are also more costly and installations are more complicated.
Landscape Drainage Plans
Drainage plans are also optional features and are just as valuable as irrigation systems. These landscape design plans suggest a variety of techniques to drain excess water away from your outdoor space. Pipes, grates, and basins are integral parts of drainage systems and can prevent disease and decay in trees and flowers resulting from water accumulating around the plant roots.
Drainage plans solves a variety of problems, including:
• Pathways, drives, and other landscape elements that may flood or develop puddles after heavy rains.
• Removing water from overly saturated soil around delicate trees and shrubs, usually with the aid of sub-surface drainage.
• Buildings and structures that may accumulate heavy rain water on rooftops.
Outdoor Lighting Plans
Outdoor lighting is not a necessary part of your landscape design plans but can be a convenience for evening entertaining and can make your outdoor space safer.
There are several different lighting techniques that can enhance your home and yard, including accent lighting, shadowing, and silhouetting. Lights can also be used to illuminate paths, drives, steps, and terraces.
Consider these details regarding:
• The style and type of fixtures.
• The exact location and angle of each fixture.
• The wattage and voltagemeasurements that are best for your design plan.
Whether you’re creating an assortment of landscape plans for a new home or adding outdoor lighting or irrigation to your existing outdoor space, it is best to properly development your landscape drawings. With a professional design, your landscape contractor can easily and efficiently install your design with the right materials and precise measurements.