Issues of concern include soil type, topography and regional climate. The type of soil determines the nutrients and moisture available to plants. It is important to conduct a thorough inventory and analysis of the site to determine the environmental conditions for plant growth and the best use of the site. It's always best to use plants that thrive in existing soil.
Although the floor can be modified, the amendment is often costly and, in most cases, ineffective. Existing vegetation can provide clues about soil type. When plants grow well, observe soil conditions and use plants with similar growth requirements. Pay special attention to areas where plants aren't doing well and adjust when choosing new plants.
The topography and drainage should also be noted and all drainage problems in the proposed design corrected. A good design will draw water away from the house and redirect it to other areas of the yard. Think about the climate of your region, the topography of your site, and the type of soil when planning your landscape. Using the USDA plant hardiness zone map is a great starting point.
Create a functional, easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing outdoor space for your home patio or garden. Once plants have been established in the landscape, maintenance needs can be minimized by following the correct maintenance procedures in a timely manner.
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