A landscape architect
is a person who is educated in the field of landscape architecture
. The practice of landscape architecture includes: site analysis, site inventory, land planning, planting design, grading, storm water management, sustainable design, construction specification and ensuring that all plans meet the current building codes and local and federal ordinances. The title landscape architect was first used by Frederick Law Olmsted
, the designer of New York City’s Central Park
Landscape architects typically do the following: Confer with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand a project. Prepare site plans, specifications, and cost estimates. Coordinate the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures.
A good experienced landscape architect can be a very wise investment in the long run especially if you are planning on building a new home or have a large area such as a park, a business or an entertainment facility for example that you would like to have landscaped.
This experienced and knowledgeable professional can add great value to your project. The seasoned professional will have a great knowledge of all different types of grasses, plants, trees and shrubs that will do well in your specific region and climate.
They will also be familiar as to how these plants grow and thrive, the colors of their foliage, blossoms and know how to develop the land, the drainage and other factors to best accommodate them. The proper placement is a very important consideration so as to account for sunlight conditions, wind and weather conditions, future growth requirements and long term sustainability.
All these considerations will greatly promote not only the health and well being of the living specimens the proper planning will also prolong the life and beauty as well for the best results in the long run.
The landscape architect can work closely with you to determine more exactly what it is that you are setting out to accomplish in the different areas and aspects of the property. They will be able to make the best recommendations not only in relation to the look, colors and feel but also in regards to the maintenance of the landscape.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with an experienced professional please go to our Specialized Services page to find the right landscape architect in your neighborhood.