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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The #November Design Challenge

An example of a Bilowz Associates Inc. Landscape Lighting Plan
The month of November can bring its challenges when it comes to the outdoors and our landscape, at least if you live in a region where the most beautiful season of color and foliage is now at its passing point. So rather than simply tuck away the outdoor furniture and call it garden and design quits, here are a couple ways to consider challenging yourself 'design-wise' in the month of November.

Natural light is the number one element that diminishes during the late fall and winter months. If you're in the planning stages of construction and design, consider incorporating a well-thought out lighting plan into your overall landscape budget. As has been mentioned in a past blog post, ‘Falling for the Landscape’ , lighting, which often comes last, well, you guessed it. It can end up cheapened or axed in an overall design. But it’s the backlash that ends up being more expensive down the road. Lighting is best done during the construction phase of the project versus when it's buttoned up and complete.  And if you live in a high-impact zone, choose fixtures that can withstand those types of harsh elements. Retain a portion of your overall design budget for lighting, which often comes at the tail end. It makes for better planning plus an ambient, safer landscape for all seasons, especially months like November.

And one last challenge as we edge into the winter slumber. Water conservation should be an all-year topic, not just summer banter. November is the perfect month to review your overall landscape. Consider additional places to conserve and address your water usage. This can be one of the unsung heroes of a well-thought out landscape master plan. 

Do not let November be the month of goodbyes. Let this be the month of bringing light and conserving water while launching your landscape design. 

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