What plants are native to the Maryland, DC area?
Attached is a link for all the plants native to the Chesapeake area that will thrive in the existing environment.
What plants can be used in my rain garden?
Attached is a link for all of the native plants to the Chesapeake area.
Will removing snow hurt my new paver patio, walkway, or driveway?
Just like with concrete and asphalt pavements, Techo-Bloc pavers can be plowed and shoveled. Actually, the edges and joints around the pavers assist in melting snow and ice. When using a contractor for snow removal, it is recommended to verify that their equipment uses Teflon blades to avoid scratching the pavers. Using de-icing salt (sodium chloride or calcium chloride) to remove snow and ice will not harm Techo-Bloc paving stones.
How much does a design usually cost?
A full color, to scale design generally runs between $400-600 for part of a property (ex. Front Yard only).
If the client is interested in a design for the whole property, designs generally run between $600-1,000.
What is the difference between a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer?
A Landscape Architect is a person who focuses more on urban planning, city and regional parks, civic and corporate landscapes, large scale interdisciplinary projects, and delegation to contractors after completing designs. They specialize in designing outdoor environments, and develop land for human use and enjoyment through effective placement of structures, vehicular and pedestrian ways.
A Landscape Designer is a person who focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. The practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability are also components of landscape design. It is often divided into hardscape design and softscape design. Landscape designers often collaborate with related disciplines such as architecture and geography, soils and civil engineering, surveying, landscape contracting, botany, and artisan specialties.
Design factors include objective qualities such as: climate and microclimates; topography and orientation, site drainage; municipal and resource building codes; soils and irrigation; human and vehicular access and circulation; furnishings and lighting; native plant habitat botany when present; property safety and security; client's needs and preferences; desirable plants and elements to retain on site, modify, or replace; construction detailing; and other measurable considerations.
*There can be significant overlap of talent and skill between the two roles, depending on the education, licensing, and experience of the professional. Both landscape designers and landscape architects practice landscape design.