Landscaping is an Art Form

Slate House Signs are often synonymous with design or landscaping. We know what Slate House Signs are but…What exactly is landscaping? Well, to put in succinctly; landscaping is used to improve the aesthetic appearance of (a piece of land) by changing its contours, adding ornamental features and plantings. And that is the official definition. Fine – but how does find more information about landscaping?

Well, obviously in today’s age the Internet would be the first stop whenever it comes to information gathering, and finding information on landscaping is no exception. There are numerous websites dedicated to DIY landscaping tips for small and large projects and for any budget. There are professional sites, normally owned by companies that will give you lots of good info. And there are also tons of historical and photographic sites that show you pictures of landscape work through the ages.

The next port of call would be the public library and then your local bookshops, both areas that abound with information about landscaping.

If you are planning to get some landscaping work done then make sure that you look for a company that will be able to give you some good free advice to start with so that you can get your thought process going. This advice will often come with a few rough sketches to give you a visual idea on what they are talking about.

When you look for information on landscaping bear in mind that landscaping is not simply planting shrubs and digging holes. It is neither gardening, nor building nor is it decorating…it is, in fact, a blend of all of these elements with a dollop of architecture thrown in as well. Basically, it is an art form that takes place using the land itself as a canvas. The “art” is always changing as the plants grow, environmental conditions change, and people use the space. For this reason, landscape designers use a design process that systematically considers all aspects of the land, the environment, the growing plants, and the needs of the user to ensure a visually pleasing, functional, and ecologically healthy design.

And like any art, such as our Slate House Signs, – there is much to learn about and much information to garner.


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