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Figure 19 - 34. This small deck expands its seating options by providing a flat wall. A residential landscape includes areas used for different purposes. In this step, we divide the site into several distinct areas, each serving a purpose, but all combined in the overall design. In residential landscapes, three general domains - public, private (family) and service (utility) - are used to organize activities and uses. Each zone is developed to meet the needs and priorities of the user (checklist 19-2). After categorization of activities, we can locate these areas for various uses on the parcel plan.

Visualize your landscapes at night with light and realistic shadows thanks to the Realtime Walkthrough feature. Choose from over 5100 high quality plants using integrated research tools. Locate the plants that will thrive in your climate by defining your area, then add the plants to your landscaping with just a few clicks of the mouse. Use the plant growth tool to help predict what your landscape will look like in the future - from three months to more than 20 years. This is a great way to determine spacing and other size considerations when designing your landscape. Possibilities are endless with the wide variety of tools included in Realtime Landscaping Plus.

The budget should always be kept in mind, as the installation costs of various landscaping features can vary considerably. If shade is needed for a patio, the cheapest is to plant a shade tree and wait for several years. At a higher cost, a tree can be installed for instant shade. A large upright umbrella can be bought at a modest cost. If the design provides for a grassy play area, a lawn can be started from seed in the fall or spring (depending on the lawn selected), and you can wait a season for that she is ready for the job. For faster results, you can choose the most expensive turf option, allowing the grass to be ready for use much sooner.

Landscapes are ecosystems. Ecosystems need a diversity of plants of different layers or levels to provide an adequate habitat for wildlife. Consider including a body of water with shallow edges to provide drinking water and swimming for wildlife. The selection of native plants helps attract birds, pollinators and beneficial insects to the yard. See Chapter 20, Wildlife, for specific tips on wildlife attraction and management in the landscape. Edible products that meet most of the design criteria for plant selection are available.

December 7 2014.

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