VISTAS LANDSCAPING DESIGN CRITERIA
and foremost, we try to LISTEN TO YOU, our clients and design around
What you have told us in the data gathering appointment is important
to you. We listen for requests and note dislikes.
2. We pay attention to who
will be participating in the landscape, looking at it from the
curb as well as from the windows inside looking out.
3. We attempt to draw out
information that will help us to design creatively
for your needs and desires.
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tried to accomplish this result.
we try to use good landscape design principles
An assortment of flowering trees and shrubs are included to provide
continuous color from spring through winter in leaf color, blossom
color, and winter fruit display. These usually deciduous (losing
their leaves in the winter) plants are intermingled with evergreens
of both the leaf and needle varieties to keep the landscaping
full of life from fall frosts until springs budding time.
2. The particular building
and its site are considered so that we can design plantings that
will enhance the structure and fit with the site.
3. Entryway annual planting
areas are bordered with evergreen groundcovers adding color to
the groundcover areas in the summer and giving evergreen edges
to empty annual planting beds in the off season.
4. Careful choices of mature
size of plants in reference to window and porch railing heights
is made, especially important where windows are low to the ground.
Taller lawn plantings are arranged so as not to block window views
and yet provide some visual screen from street views or neighboring
also try to design for permanence and easier maintenance. New Vistas
wants to be pleased with how your landscaping looks in the future
as well as the day it is completed.
Plants are chosen very carefully for the different amounts of
sun exposure, or root moisture concerns in low areas. This is
especially important on northern exposures where there are corners
and areas of extremely low light as some plants will only keep
their colored leaves or bloom in full sun while others will scald
or burn from sun and wind. Only a few plant varieties will grow
well near drainage swales or areas at the bottoms of slopes where
water will tend to settle around their roots.
symbols on our plans are showing the mature growth size
with only occasional pruning, allowing plants to grow more naturally.
resistant varieties of plants are selected, e.g. disease
resistant flowering crabs and dogwood trees.
4. Especially on commercial
or public properties where there is no individual property
owner checking out particular plants on a regular basis, plants
are chosen for the landscape that do not experience frequent insect
or disease problems or are in need of special winter protection.
5. If we are designing
a second project for a particular site, we will pay
special attention to not using any plant material that has not
performed well on the site previously, e.g. dwarf Alberta spruces
or blue star junipers that have had spider mite problems will
not be recommended for the new plantings.
6. Varying the types
of trees in the lawn areas of a site is important to
prevent wide scale loss if a particular disease problem arises
in the future.