Content tagged "planning and design"

Firewise Planning and Landscape Design

 ‘Firewise’ planning, landscape design, and maintenance is important in areas where fires frequently occur. Homes built on the wildland / urban interface are...

Plant Size Impacts on Sun and Shade

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Brown, scorched leaves on shade loving Hostas Photo credit: Susan BufflerShrub rose "leaning" toward the light. Photo source: Susan...

Landscapes: Natural Plant Succession Considerations

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

New growth following a forest fire. Photo credit: Susan Buffler Flickr CC BY-NC- ND 2.0The constant disturbance of mowing keepd the lawn from entering...

Designing Around Drainage Areas

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

The use of depressions planted with appropriate species allow water to slowly infiltrate the soil. Photo credit: Facility Records / MSU Physical Plant Flickr...

Using Sustainable Hardscape Materials

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Sustainable hardscape materials are those materials that are produced in a way that is least damaging to the environment and allow water to penetrate into...

Microclimates in Water-Wise Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Microclimates in landscapes are small localized areas that differ in temperature, precipitation, and wind protection from the greater surrounding area. ...

Proper Plant Placement

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Proper plant placement in the landscape can ensure a healthy low maintenance garden. Common plant placement problems include:Also, in areas prone to forest...

Landscape Design: Dream Big, but Start out Small

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?  Creating or redesigning a landscape can feel overwhelming, particularly if the yard is large. One way to...

Consider Mature Size When Installing Plants

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Have you ever seen a huge Norway Spruce overwhelming a small hundred year old home or shrubs planted too close to a building? Many times, mature plant size...

Preparing a Planting Plan

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 08, 2015

Example of a planting plan showing plant symbols,quantity and botanical name of plants with neatly drawn leader lines. Image credit: Elspeth Briscoe...

Hardscaping Areas to Minimize Water Use

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 06, 2015

 Path paved using bark mulch and flagstone stepping stones. Photo credit: wormwould Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0Small backyard patio garden in Colorado minimizes...

Tips for Using Plants to Reduce Noise in the Landscape

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 03, 2014

Diagram illustrating effect of different types of barriers on noise reduction. Example 3 illustrates planting depth and placement for sound reduction. AV...

Creating a Practical Pleasing Outdoor Space

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 11, 2014

Example of a bubble (functional) diagram showing relationships and rough sizes of the spacesImage credit: rumbold ayers landscape designersA practical and...

Designing Small Spaces in the Landscape

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 11, 2014

Small courtyard garden. Photo credit: UGArdener Flickr CC BY NC 2.0Small urban space Photo credit: Adam THEO Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0Designing small spaces,...

Using Fences to Accent a Water-Wise Landscape

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 16, 2013

A bare fence provides an opportunity to create an interesting planting design. Source:  Gardening in the Southern Highlands blogA rustic fence, rocks, wagon...

Using Accent Plants to Create Emphasis

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 14, 2013

Potted plants accent and draw attention to this porch entryway. Photo credit: Lori L. Statteri Flickr CC BY 2.0Clipped trees and shrub provides formal...

Making an Entryway Water-Wise

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: November 08, 2013

These identical houses could stand apart from each other with additional shrubs and bedding plants to accent and individualize the front entries. Photo...

Elements and Principles of Design for a Water Wise Landscape

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: October 29, 2013

A row of street trees can act as a plane to help define the edge of a path. This could also be considered a line in the landscape especially if seen from...

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