Find us on Google+ Landscape Consultants HQ | Professional Landscaping for Consultants

Join Our eMail List



Join Landscape Consultants HQ for our newsletter with professional landscaping advice. You can opt out at any time.


Professional Landscaping Advice

Quality Landscaping Tips to Grow Your Design Success - The Advanced Guide Series

guide to choosing trees for landscape design

guide for roadside landscape design

guide for landscape restoration and mitigation

guide for landscape design

guide for choosing plants for landscape design

guide for using flowers in the landscape







Landscape Architects and Design Consultants - If This is Your First Time Here

landscape consultants


New Articles! are listed here.

Use the search bar at the top of the page to find articles about the topics important to you.

Try out the menu links at the top of each page for topic-specific information you can use.


join landscape consultants hq our email list for more tips and guidance. Our latest gift is free when you join!

landscape qr code





Scan for professional landscaping products and books available at Amazon.

Tour the Site     2018 Articles  2017 Articles  2016 Articles  2015 Articles  2014 Articles

Landscape Designers are Keepers of Natural Beauty

Trendy Landscape Design

trends in landscape designTrends in the landscape industry focus on single issues—pollinators, roof gardens, vertical green space, climate resiliency, or the exhausted term, sustainability. Addressing these issues can harmonize well with a steady focus on landscape beauty, if done right. Placing too much attention on the latest trendy issue can take focus away from creating a beautiful, successful landscape design.

Lasting landscape design is about beautiful outdoor spaces. A sophisticated landscape plan incorporates components that fit responsibly with the natural environment. A sensitive design works efficiently with the drainage and water basins in which it exists. A self-sufficient design anticipates maintenance needs and minimize them. A beautiful design mixes plants with contrasting colors and textures, providing diversity. A successful design is installed well and is skillfully maintained to make it stay healthy and last. A beautiful outdoor space provides a legacy of enrichment to the people who use it without forgetting stewardship.

Seven Major Roadside Design Checks

Design Checklist

Every time you create a roadside landscape design, you need to do a quick check of a few things before starting. It’s surprising how nicely this pulls together your concept and moves you toward a great design! By checking these items initially, you can map out the basic configuration of use zones, which develops the structural framework from which your design can be based. Sometimes, after doing this, a shape calls out to you. Block out zones for setbacks, vertical clearance, overly steep slopes, clear sight lines, sign visibility, guard rails, and utility easements to keep your landscape design free of safety conflicts. Consider the following items your first priority.

• Setbacks and the Clear Zone

Keep any tree you propose on public rights of way well beyond the required safety clear zone to avoid creating a fixed object that might be hit by an errant driver that runs off the road. This gives the driver an opportunity to recover and get back on the road without injury or damage to the vehicle.

• Tree Canopy Clearance

Leave an adequate vertical space open along the road travel way to avoid overhanging branches from slapping against panel trucks driving near the edge of the road.

• Slope Steepness

Plant material can barely establish on slopes steeper than 3:1, and mowing on steeper slopes is not possible to do safely. The clear zone doesn’t exist for slopes steeper than this.

• Sight Lines

Drivers need to be able to see oncoming traffic when they attempt to turn into or cross over public roadways. It is the designer’s responsibility to keep sight lines open.