3 Surprising Jobs of the Landscape Designer

You know a landscape designer turns yards into functional works of art, but you may not be aware of exactly how. You may think their job is mainly dealing with plants and flowers. However, as with many things, there’s more here than meets the eye.

The Many Hats of the Landscape Designer

Your landscape designer or architect must don many different hats to bring your landscape project to completion. Their main function is to turn your dreams and visions into reality. Consider the following 3 roles he or she must play to implement your landscape design:

1) Designer

While this may seem obvious, you may not be aware of all it entails. A landscape designer looks at the relationships between all the different elements of your property and makes individual adjustments to bring everything into better overall harmony. When many people hear “landscape designer”, they immediately think of plants. While they definitely do work with plants, sometimes plants can actually hinder a landscape’s functionality by being in the way. You could liken it to a house full of expensive furniture that is beautiful, but you can’t use any of it. A landscape designer must plan in great detail every element of your property’s landscape and appearance while also being mindful of other important technical aspects such as local insect population. It is good to also have a landscape architect involved with more complex projects as they are knowledgeable and equipped to bring it all together.

2) Communicator

A great landscape designer must also be an excellent communicator. He or she must first be able to fully understand and envision your desires in order to incorporate them into the design. They must also be able to effectively communicate the design plan via spoken word, drawings, and sketches to the design team to ensure they understand as well. A good designer must also possess good public speaking skills to make project presentations to the public.

3) Logistics Coordinator

Landscape design isn’t always all about plants, flowers, and “pretty things”. They must also consider other aspects such as how rain and waterfall flow through the property, how water will flow beneath the ground, and the locations of ditches, drain-ways, rivers, and nearby streams. They must be well-versed in the types of soil inside and outside of your yard and the soil needs of different plants and flowers. Chemicals, microbes, creatures, gases, nutrients, and minerals in the soil all must be taken into account for a successful landscape design. They must also think about how people will move about the property. They have to be mindful of walkways, driveways, paths, parking, entrances, and exits. Your landscape designer must also consider the local climate and weather patterns as they build your design.

Not Just Pretty Plants and Flowers

There is much work that must be completed to transform your yard into a functional work of art. Your landscape designer must move in and out of various roles to make your dreams reality. Considering updating your landscape design? Now is a great time.

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