Exploring the Landscape

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Landscaping is any work that modifies the landscape. Landscapes are basically all of the features and facets of any given terrain. Your yard is a landscape, and it interacts with the overall landscape of your neighborhood, which in turn is part of the landscape of your city; you can keep expanding on this until you’ve basically described the whole planet. Considering how vast the land we’re talking about is, you can imagine there’s a lot of different things you can do with landscaping; this primer will give you an idea about some of the work that can be done.

The art of landscaping can be boiled down to two essential practices: softscaping and hardscaping. Softscaping is all of the flora that exist on a terrain; they are soft both to the touch and in form, as their shapes will change as the flora grows. Hardscaping, conversely, is the static, immovable features of a terrain: sidewalks, walls, gravel and other inanimate objects. Hardscaping is often used in a utilitarian manner by humans, because it creates physical barriers or terrain on which you can walk. It’s important to consider both of these elements simultaneously; too much softscaping and your yard will look unkempt, while too much hardscaping will make it look brutalist and overly pragmatic.

There are a ton of different considerations that go into how you want landscaping to be done. The primary consideration is usually aesthetics, which is why it’s good to plan the hard and soft elements together, so that they can play off each other in a manner that’s pleasing to the eye. Another consideration that’s become more important in recent years is how the landscaping will interact with its overall environment; this has become particularly key in water deprived regions like Arizona and California, where extensive watering of lawns can be taxing. Here in Winnipeg, lack of water is not a consideration, but eco landscaping principles can still be applied. Winnipeg’s original landscape was tallgrass prairie, which features (unsurprisingly) tall grasses and an abundance of flowers. Eco landscapers could incorporate these features into your yard, a throwback to the original ecosystem and a great sink for carbon, because tall grasses absorb so much CO2.

The practical considerations for landscaping are diverse. Aesthetics has already been covered, but you need to consider functionality as well; how will people walk through your yard? Are there any plants that could be dangerous to animals or kids that need to be fenced off? How much will the overall project cost, and what’s your budget? Have you considered the overall maintenance costs of the new yard? All of this should be discussed before diving into a landscaping project.
Fortunately, there are Winnipeg landscaping companies that can discuss all of the details with you. You can discuss all of the up-front and extended costs of your project, all while brainstorming creative and exciting ways of using your space. Landscaping can create some truly beautiful yards, so take the plunge!

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