Landscaping

What is the basic goal of landscaping?

The basic goal of landscaping is to enhance the exterior appearance of a home, to create outdoor living spaces

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Elements of Landscaping

Natural elements of landscaping:  grass, trees, shrubs, flowers, rocks

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Manufactured elements of landscaping:  walkways, steps, fences, decks, driveways

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Accessory elements of landscaping:  gazebos, sheds, fountains

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Styles of Landscaping:

Formal:

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Informal:

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Manicured:

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Natural:

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My preference between the four examples above is Informal landscaping.  I prefer informal to the others because it seems to make you feel like you’re in the nature, but not everything is in it’s perfect place.  It has the cleanliness of formal, but has a natural element at the same time, so it’s a nice blend.  Everything is controlled, unlike natural, but still scattered.

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Deciduous trees:  leaves fall in the fall season, but bud again each spring season

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Coniferous trees:  possess needles that stay on all year long

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Flowers

Perennial flowers:  able to last throughout the winter, and can live for a few years

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Annual flowers:  die each winter, have to be re-planted each spring season

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Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is a form of landscaping that can require no water, or very little.  Plants that do not require water to survive are the main plants that are used in this form of landscaping.

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Xeriscaping is trending in Charlottetown as of late.  Due to the recent water shortages that P.E.I. has been experiencing in the summer, there is a need for more sustainable landscaping that does not require large outputs of water to maintain.  Xeriscaping is the perfect solution to our water problem, because it promotes sustainable living with sustainable landscaping.  It requires little to no water to take care of, and therefore we can use our water for more important things instead of wasting it on watering our gardens.  This alternative to regular landscaping will become a greater trend in the world as we try to cut down on our use of our diminishing water sources.

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