Going in not knowing ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Todd's lawncare, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Messages: 548

    Do any of you do a landscape job with no drawings? Or do you think it's a good idea ? I have done alot of them . They always come out good but i don't know if thats the best way top do the it. What is your input on this ? There not real big no walls or anything just like flower beds, small pounds, plants, trees.
  2. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    I usually do at least a sketch unless it's just a planting bed or something. It's god to have a reference for both yourself and the client. Most clients would probably feel more comfortable spending money if the have that reference. It comes down to whatever the client wants. If they want a sketch they get a sketch, if they want a scale detailed drwing, that is what they get.
  3. Updog

    Updog LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    I have done very small jobs this way but alot of times we move things around from the drawings anyway.
  4. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 901

    I have done large jobs with no drawings, just marked them out and went over what would be included. I just got a program to make 2d plans, and hope to expand to pro landscape this year.
  5. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Messages: 548

    What's the program ? Have you used it yet ? If so is it good ?!!
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    It's good to know where sun and shade are at different times in the day and season.Different plants need different conditions to thrive.having a base plan even if it's in your head helps you to put the right plants in the right places so they not only look good,but will survive.Also things you need a plan for are variables like ..drainage,plant size at maturity,maintenance convenience,ect,ect,ect.
    I almost always change things as I go even with a plan,but to really plant a garden for optimal growth and easy maint and looks,you should concider all the things involved in that planting area and individual situation.What looks great in a program may not always be best for the client or the plant.Making a plan involves also balance,color,texture,and overall continuity within the garden so it looks good at all times of the year.

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