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Friday, April 23, 2010

Don’t Wing It on the Grades

Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” With landscape design, this is applicable. Style can flow throughout a property; it can have its own signature. You can create a minimal, formal, or classical style that blends within the landscape yet when it comes to principle, you cannot waver. There is a proper way to develop a site and implement a plan.

Regardless of the style of wall, the type of paving pattern, species of tree or shrub, there is a correct way of constructing the wall, installing the pavement and planting the tree. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. When you begin to excavate and disturb a site, correct grading and drainage is critical. These calculated details are the fundamental building blocks of any properly implemented landscape project. Exceptional masonry work and high quality plant installation can be trumped by poor site development. Figure out the grades first even if it requires consulting with a professional. Get the first step correct to set the project off on the right footing. It’s common sense just like Jefferson’s quote yet it is surprising how often this first step is ignored or done incorrectly. The style is merely the frosting on the cake. The basic fundamentals must be solid like a rock.
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Dana Bain said...

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