6 Things to Consider When Installing a Landscape

Installing a landscape in your home doesn’t only increase the property value but also improve the aesthetic appeal. Landscaping doesn’t only involve planting trees and plants, a detailed plan should be created before you start everything. The plan and design should have everything you want and need, things that will best for in your location.  


Do not rush the project. Hiring a landscape designer in Irvine California will help you with things you need. Together with them, we are able to put up a list of things that you should consider when planning your beautiful landscape.  

Know Your Yard 

To successfully create a plan, you should be able to know your yard. Determine the type of soil, the topography and the climate of the location. Your yard will have a microclimate on its own where the shade and sun exposure are different in the other parts of your property. When you select the plants, think of these categories: full sun, partial shade, shade or deep shade.  

The Yard’s Use 

Next thing to determine is the purpose of the yard and who’s going to use it. Do you plan to make it a play area for the kits and pets or for outdoor entertainment? Designate the spaces for different uses using strategic hardscapes and plantings. Once you determine that, think about the maintenance you’re going to do and the budget you have for that.  


well-thought of landscape will have a good theme. Deciding on a theme will help you in your material selection in the future. Themes will guide you on the shapes and forms you’re going to incorporate on your landscape. When deciding for that, think about the architecture of your house and complement the theme. Remember, the landscape is part of your house. Deciding on the theme will help you decide on the structures, decorations, hardscapes and plants.  


When you are planning the landscape, think about the plant’s function in your landscape. The plants could be sued for providing sweet aromas, add beauty to the scene or provide vegetables and fruits. Plants can also server as barriers. When you decide for its function, determine where to place them. The light levels, temperature and wind are affected by the plants and trees in your landscape.  

Structure the Plants 

When you select the plants, consider the visual planes you have in your yard. These include the overhead plane, the vertical plane and the ground plane. Structuring the plants and where to put them will improve the aesthetic value of the yard.  

Attention to Details 

Landscaping is a complicated work, like we always mention. You should pay attention to details like the hardscapes, plants and ornaments because they have an array of textures, colors, forms and shapes. Think about the visual detail so you would know what to contrast and complement with each other. With this, you can have a captivating and consistent landscape. Aside from the visuals, think about the aromas too. All of this will enhance the garden experience you’re planning to have.  

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How to Hire a Landscape Designer

Landscape designing is complicated, especially for someone who doesn’t have wide scope of knowledge. The challenge lies in whether you have to hire a landscape or not. People are even confused if they have to hire the designer, architect and contractor. For regular people, they have the same job. But in reality, they work in different aspects of the landscape building. When you plant to come up with a plan, you should hire a designer and architect. There are construction packages too, that include the designing up to the constructing of the landscape.

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To avoid being confuses, follow the following tips to make the best decision. The landscape will be an important component of your home so it’s important that it should be done properly.  

When to Hire 

Like mentioned, the skills and expertise of the architect and landscape designer vary widely. So let’s just use the legal terms for both. One should hire a landscape architect to comply with the local regulations. You need to hire one for the grading plans and site drainage design. Architects are licensed to do this. You also need an architect for the retaining wall design which needs to be sealed by an architect or engineer. They should also be involved if you’re living in a sensitive site, for example if it contains protected wetlands or within a floodplain.  

Defining the Parameter of the Project 

Before you look for an architect, designer and contractor, you should establish the project’s parameter first. When you already determined what you want and what you need, you can tell it to the architect. First thing to decide is your budget. Be realistic on how much you’re going to spend. Next, determine the scope of the work. What is your goal? Do you want to increase property value or do you want to beautify the space.  

Set Up Initial Consultation 

Once you have found some prospect architects and contractors on your list, set up an initial interview with them. He/she will visit the site, and you can tell him/her what you want and need. Notice how he/she communicates with you. You will get the feeling that he/she is professional dependable and trustworthy.  

Ask for Portfolio 

It is important to know the recent projects that the landscape professional have worked on before. Ask for the portfolio, review it and ask questions about the project. Talking about the architect’s preview job is a good way for you to know how they’re going to deal with the project.  

Talk About the Estimates 

One of the most important parts of hiring a landscape professional is to talk about the money or estimate. Talk about your budget and what you want to focus on. The architect can tell you if the project is feasible with the budget you have. You will then have the opportunity to change your options.  

Discuss the Scope of Work 

Discuss about the scope of the work. Do you need someone who’s going to the planning, construction up to the completion? Define the areas where you want the professional to work on.  

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How to Light a Landscape

Successfully lighting a landscape will take a lot of work and attention to intricate details. Lighting a landscape means choosing the suitable types of lighting and the features to highlight. It might be overwhelming for a regular homeowner, but don’t worry because there are professionals who can help you with the decision-making.  


To know what part of your landscape is best lighted on, go grab a high-powered flashlight and play with the light. See what landscape features looks cool with the lighting, and what’s not. The following are the landscape lighting effects that you can do.  

Up Lighting 

The basic form of landscape lighting is up lighting where you create a drama and unique look on the tree or any tall structure. You can highlight the tree’s trunk or the underside of a tree’s canopy on smaller or larger trees. With this effect, you should use well lights and spotlights.  


This is another Irvine landscape design highlighting effect that will emphasize the amazing shapes of your landscape that are hidden during daytime. To create a silhouette, place the lighting behind the features or shapes you want to highlight. Make sure to place the light toward where the main vintage point is, hiding the source of light. This lighting effect does well with well lights and spotlights.  


Shadowing is the reverse technique of silhouetting. You place the light between the item being lit and the main vantage point. The source of light should be aimed at the item. This will successfully work when you have a flat surface of wall behind the features you’re highlighting to catch the shadows you want to create. If you want a moody and softer effect, you can do so. You can achieve this effect with well lights, spotlights and flood lights.  

Moon Lighting 

If you have larger trees on the landscape, you can highlight them using the moon lighting effect. The source of light is placed up in the tree, facing down to create washing light on the branches and the ground. It’s better if you have an open-branched tree, because the effect is even more impressive. Use spotlights as your light source.  

Pro-tip from us, if you have evergreens which are extra-large, you can highlight them with spotlighting effect and moon lighting by placing 2 spotlights half quarters of the way up the tree. The one should aim down and the one up to create a dramatic effect.  


If you have a hardscape-heavy landscape, grazing is the best option. This effect involves placing the light close to the flat surface like a wall or something, and then aim up and down the surface to create a shadow play and dramatic light. You can see this effect on restaurant and hotel designs.  


Most of the time, simple lighting won’t do. The space will need a more ambient lighting. You can wash the space with light, like a wall or hedge. Use a wide-beamed light placed between the surface and the main vantage point to cast a gentle and even light over the whole area.  

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