Landscaping and the possibilities afforded by it on any piece of land, no doubt, form an incredibly important part of real estate market action, land desirability, value, and so on. But how does one really get the maximum desired landscaping effect from their property? This is truly the “million-dollar question”, in many cases quite literally.
Certainly, as one becomes more advanced in the landscaping arts, like Todd Herrick, there emerge many additional factors to consider, but at the outset of any efforts to really maximize use of the landscape, you are best served by considering the primary elements of soil, water, and spacing/positioning. Assuming a reasonably temperate climate, primary concern applied to these three factors will usually yield a favorable beginning result, no matter the particular landscaping end-goal in mind. So, what are some things to consider with each of these three, critical landscaping factors?
Adequate water supply is a benchmark of all plant-life to some degree or another. In smaller landscaping applications, mulch at the base of desired plants is often a great consideration, as it creates a sort of moisture barrier and helps block thirsty, rival plants from developing in the same area. Automated irrigation systems are another great aid in their ability to evenly distribute to target areas while also shutting on and off at exactly the right times and durations.
In larger-scale growing operations such as in farms and other agricultural endeavors, it is often a great idea to research with local government, resource commissions, and even fellow citizens as to the various options for effective yet efficient ground saturation methods applicable to that area. Wells are a common choice in many situations, while in other localities, municipal supply is allowed and sometimes even tax/grant-encouraged for farming and growing purposes. Another important factor to manipulate in any landscaping plan, large or small, is the placement of similar plants among each other so as to create a single, less complicated watering plan for that particular area that is helpful, universally, to all of the specific plants therein.
Spacing and Positioning
This brings us to the next important element of spacing. As mentioned above, spacing can be used to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in the watering scheme, but its keen manipulation can also help in a number of other areas as well. Consideration of plant heights and spread-widths can help maximize sunlight exposure as much as proper directional orientation and even notice to differing ground heights on the land. Water run-off and ponding in some areas can also be an issue to consider in some landscapes. In fact, many pros will actually stand in the location of potential planting, looking and observing, in all directions, all factors that will play a role in that location.
Finally, many argue, and with great evidence, that soil is possibly the number-one consideration in real estate landscape value and potential outputs. It is at this level that virtually all plants must en-root and absorb nutrients. As such, proper, healthy soil mixes can establish a long-lived, resilient, and vigorous plant, even when many other conditions are not ideal. On the other hand, inadequate soil compositions can mean for short-lived greenery and problematic planting grounds.
While soil science is its own quite sizable area of study, the layman can come to often safely limit their focus here to the concerns of permeability and acidity. Permeability is the term given to judge a soil’s level of compactness and how that then allows for or denies the permeation of water through the soil. Clay soil, for example, is very low in permeability which creates a sort of water barrier, and should thus be avoided or corrected.