Landscape and Garden Design as Collaboration with the AZ Garden Gals! There are many ways you as homeowner can help us to help you! Consider the following aspects about each exterior space around your home so you are best able to take advantage of our knowledge and expertise.
PURPOSE OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE:
Determining the purpose of each space will enable us to work with you to satisfy that purpose and design an appropriate garden or patio space.
Consider what plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather, topography and water, combine to form the life around you. Specifics to consider about your ecosystem include:
- SUNLIGHT AND WIND: Our high country elevation offers 4 mild seasons. There are seasonal changes in sun positions in the daytime sky, impacting the amount of sunlight and shade received. There are also periods of prevailing winds here in the greater Prescott area, with the spring bringing the most consistent directional wind patterns.
- WATER: The availability, quality and quantity of water influences the growth and survival of your landscape plants. Will you be watering via an irrigation system, manually, or via rain water harvesting techniques? A plan is necessary to provide water to existing and new plantings during our typically dry spring and fall seasons and to augment nature’s rain and snow during the winter and summer.
- TOPOGRAPHY: Topography is the arrangement of the natural and artificial or man-made physical features of an area. Altitude, slope of a property, direction of slope, and type of native vegetation influences the soil and plant selection.
- HABITAT WILDLIFE: Who do you wish to invite into your garden and who do you wish to keep out? Attracting butterflies, birds and pollinators may be beneficial while mammals may be less welcome.
To get the most out of our partnership, consider these various aspects. We will go into greater detail about each aspect in future blogs. Think of Landscape and Garden Design as Collaboration with the AZ Garden Gals.