Landscape design is the practice of combining construction elements with the natural environment to create built outdoor environments that make heavy use of natural elements such as plants and trees. This is used in designing gardens, summerhouses, courtyards, and similar areas of a building. Landscape design, especially that of a garden often involves the use of plants and trees which require maintenance after the garden itself has been designed. If the landscape design involves the use of trees, the maintenance aspect becomes significantly more advanced as they require different types of care than smaller plants. Since trees are a permanent element of the landscape, the usual practise is to design the landscape around trees, with them being either a central element or being complemented by other garden elements. Trees with large foliage may also block the sunlight from smaller plants in the garden, in which case lopping or trimming the tree may be required. These services are often provided by landscaping and horticulture service providers such as tree loppers Brisbane, who employ trained professionals to render these services safely and effectively.
Balancing the Seasons
Most trees’ growth is affected by the seasons. The change in seasons cause trees to lose their leaves. This may change the aesthetics of the garden or expose shady areas which is not ideal. Therefore, a balance of seasonal trees as well as evergreens, which keep their foliage throughout the year are recommended.
Tending to a garden of trees also involves maintaining the trees. This usually involves testing the tree for diseases, testing the soil, watering saplings, and caring for them until they grow at which point the maintenance usually becomes minimal. However, trees still need to be pruned which refers to the removal of diseased leaves and branches as well as removing branches that may break off due to wind and cause injury.
Diseases and Pests
A garden is susceptible to diseases and can quickly spread through the entire garden, doing significant damage if undetected or untreated. Pruning any diseased trees should be done regularly and fungicides and weedicides should be used to combat growth of toxic and harmful plant matter. Similarly, pests and other animals such as monkeys may be attracted to the garden and harm the plants. This is especially true if the trees bear fruits and flowers. The use of pesticides may be used to combat the arrival of harmful pests and other non-disruptive animals that prey on most pests can be encouraged. It should be noted that the use of chemical fungicides, weedicides, and pesticides may upset the chemical balance of the soil and affect the growth of plants in the garden. Therefore, it is advised to use natural remedies wherever possible.
The lay of the land is an important aesthetical requirement for landscaping. The arrangement of trees and other plants should be done so that their growth is not inhibited by competition for soil nutrients and conflicting root systems. Light distribution should also be considered.