A landscape designer is a qualified and licensed individual who enjoys planning, designing and working with plants to create artistic and beautiful outdoor landscapes for property owners, businesses and various organizations.
Landscape Designers work extensively with landscaping contractors in conjunction with other building and planning experts to manage and implement design projects. They either work for architectural or engineering firms, landscaping companies or run private practices of their own. Their job involves spending a lot of time outdoor.
Professional landscaping blends an architectural building to its site, creating a connection between the building and its environment thereby giving a welcoming and visual appeal to the entire property. Landscape design is a regional profession and it is advisable to hire the services of a landscape designer that is familiar and knowledgeable on the local climate condition as well as the plant types that flourish there.
Landscape designers have the ability to detect and work with various types of soils which is quite important as the soil type plays a crucial role based on the landscape, climate and plant type. As a landscape designer, the process of working from the basics to executing the job proper involves a lot of activities that need to be taken into consideration for the so as not to run into any difficulties.
A landscape designer generally needs to be knowledgeable in aesthetic, ecological and technical aspects of the business. The designer also needs to have a wild imagination and be creative with style and functionality, and capable of analyzing an architecture and landscape and come up with a detailed plan of computer-aided design or CAD or a simple hand sketch or drawing that factors in every possible location and design which may include gardens, outdoor buildings, trellises and arbors, swimming pools, lighting, ponds, walkways, water fountains, patios, fences and more.
Also the ability to make a cost estimate and time frame to implement designs or complete certain jobs is a necessity in landscape design profession. The designer should be able to evaluate the geographic area in order to select plants, flowers and trees that will do well naturally, and also address concerns which may pertain to soil condition, drainage, topography and screening. Also the designer should be able to plan the designs and handle the landscaping layout and construction if need be. Depending on the type of design, the designer’s job could entail planting new species of plants or improving already existing ones, excavating or renovating a certain area of the space to accommodate or improve a design.
A good landscape designer looks for the best approaches to ensure a job excels smoothly for the landscape contractor, is fair on the client’s budget and at the same time accomplishes an incredible looking landscape design. Most landscape designers on average focus in the horticultural and visual aspect which maybe vegetation- or hardscape-oriented designs, instead of structural and garden planning. No job is done without the approval of the client and the designer makes every effort to work within set parameters and budget.