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Landscaping

Landscaping can be defined as the addition of plants, manipulation of terrain and the construction of structures. There are many different styles of landscaping to choose from. Landscaping refers to any activity that modifies the visible features of an area of land, including: living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is commonly called gardening.

Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects of botany, horticulture, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, soil sciences, environmental psychology, geography, ecology, and civil engineering. The activities of a landscape architect can range from the creation of public parks and parkways to site planning for campuses and corporate office parks, from the design of residential estates to the design of civil infrastructure and the management of large wilderness areas or reclamation of degraded landscapes such as mines or landfills. Landscape architects work on structures and external spaces with limitations toward the landscape or park aspect of the design - large or small, urban, suburban and rural, and with "hard" (built) and "soft" (planted) materials, while integrating ecological sustainability.

The most valuable contribution can be made at the first stage of a project to generate ideas with technical understanding and creative flair for the design, organization, and use of spaces. The landscape architect can conceive the overall concept and prepare the master plan, from which detailed design drawings and technical specifications are prepared. They can also review proposals to authorize and supervise contracts for the construction work. Other skills include preparing design impact assessments, conducting environmental assessments and audits, and serving as an expert witness at inquiries on land use issues.

 

Lawn Fertilization

Fertilization is one of the primary lawn care practices. If done properly has a major positive impact on lawn appearance, but if done improperly can lead to lawn problems. Lawns that receive chemical treatments are greener, more weed-free, and healthier.

Healthy lawns reduce soil erosion, filter stormwater runoff, cool the air, and reduce glare and noise. They also effectively filter and traps sediment and pollutants that could otherwise contaminate surface waters and groundwater. Standard practice is to apply a dose of lawn fertilizer in the spring, followed by one or two more during the growing season. If you follow this standard practice, though, the most common mistake is to apply the spring fertilizer application too early in spring. 

 

 

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