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How to hire a professional landscaping expert?

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance - but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself. - Roberto Burle Marx
A well-designed landscape does not just enhance the value of your property, it also increases the livability of your house. A beautified home offers peace and tranquility amidst all the chaos. However, to really make the entire project possible, you will have to choose a landscaping expert carefully. The decision to hire a professional can leave you confused and dazed. Here are some traits you must look for when shortlisting a professional:
Training and education:
Your first criterion for selection should be qualification. All good landscaping contractors have formal training and education. There are several landscape associations that offer opportunities for aspirants to continue education and some even have their own …

How do experts plan outdoor landscape lighting?

Lighting does not just enhance the features of the garden at night but also adds to the safety of the area by deterring intruders in the dark. Perfectly placed lighting is also versatile enough to light up outdoor events such as, large parties and fancy romantic dinners. However, to achieve great results, it is best to make a carefully planned, cost-effective and efficient outdoor lighting strategy that defines desired results and clear objectives.
Here is how experts plan outdoor lighting:
Mapping out the landscape
Experts start off by sketching the area they want to illuminate. They include the trees and plants, doors and windows, pool areas, patio as well as the driveways and walkways.
Choosing the zones
The next step to planning is always choosing the right zones. Lights can be placed along the driveway, at the patio, in artificial water bodies like ponds, at the corners of the house, or under big, old trees. Accessible lights can also be placed at the back and front do…