Everything You Need To Know About Residential Landscape Design

residential landscape designWhat Do You Want In An Outdoor Space?

There are a myriad of options available to homeowners when it comes to residential landscape design. This is great, but it can be difficult to find the one that suits your needs. You may have an idea of what you want, but run into difficulties finding a company that can get the job done. You may find yourself having to hire multiple companies for hardscape installation, planting and maintenance. 

While you may love the idea of a do-it-yourself yard, you may not have the hours to pour into planning and executing your vision. This is where a residential landscape design expert can help. Design can make the difference between a yard that is nice and a yard that is breathtaking.

Designing Your Outdoor Living Space

Whether you already have a clear vision of what you want your space to look like, or you aren't sure, a designer can help you. Taking into consideration your needs, lifestyle and tastes, a designer can work with you to create a beautiful, custom yard that matches your style.

Do you entertain frequently? Do you have pets and children? Are you looking for a space that supports a lot of activity, or something quiet and serene? Maybe a bit of both.

Kid-Friendly or Adult Oasis?

There are so many ways to design an outdoor space to make it kid-friendly and magical. Creating outdoor "rooms" for play spaces, enchanted gardens and entertaining can take a 'blah" space and make it amazing.

Of course, you may want your yard to be a quiet oasis, or a place for more formal outdoor entertaining, and that can be done too.

Through the use of beautiful design elements, the intelligent use of space, and sustainable, local plants and materials, a residential landscape design company can create the yard of your dreams from start to finish.

Bringing Your Vision to Life

Once the design has been established, the process begins. You will not have to worry about dealing and haggling with a crowd of contractors to get through each phase of the process. Instead, you will communicate with one person, who will see the job through from beginning to end.

This not only creates simplicity, it also ensures that the end result is consistent with your vision. 

This is where residential landscape design can work wonders. When you plan your landscaping, you aren't just planning for now, you are planning for the future. Choosing plants and placing them in areas where they will thrive takes knowledge and experience. When you plant trees or shrubs, it is important to know how your yard will take shape as they mature. Pathways, stonework and patios must be located in a logical manner that creates flow and harmony with the organic elements in your yard.

Your residential landscape designer will employ not only knowledge of plants, soil, weather and placement, but will also use design knowledge to create a space that looks wonderful now and will continue to look good for years to come.

For example, Moodscapes will design your landscape carefully, using scale drawings that will represent how your yard will look when it reaches maturity. This takes the guesswork out of planting, and for the homeowner, saves money in the long run, because the plants, trees and shrubs selected will be ideal for the climate, conditions, and soil type. You will also receive a booklet that details the types of plants that you have, and how to care for them. 

Crafting Your Space

Does your current landscaping reflect your personal style? Does it serve its purpose, or add to the overall beauty and function of your home? Good landscaping highlights the beauty of your home, adding curb appeal, and complementing its style and architecture.

Full-service residential landscape design isn't just about the plants. It is about creating a functional and beautiful outdoor living space. This means "hardscaping" elements such as patios, built-in seating, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and water features. It is amazing what a difference elements such as pathways, patios, and stonework can make. 

Choosing from a variety of materials for fencing, pathways, and patios allows your space to truly reflect your style and taste. They type of materials used can result in a look that is clean, modern and simple, or a look that is rustic and cozy.

These are elements that add value, beauty, and interest to your home. They are the foundation that the rest of your space will be built on. 

From there, it is time to consider the "soft" elements of your outdoor area. This includes plants, shrubs, and grass.

This is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Your designer will sit down with you to find out what your specific needs are and help you choose the elements that work for you. Making the most of your space, working with small or irregularly-shaped yards, and even creating edible gardens are part of our services.

Custom landscaping is not just for big yards! In fact, residential landscape design is ideal when working with spaces that are small or irregularly shaped. Smart design can maximize every square foot available so that you have room for gardens, entertaining, and playing.

Sustainability and Conservation

You want your yard to be beautiful all year round, and you want an outdoor space that is sustainable and ecologically responsible. Yes, it is possible to have a beautiful yard that is ecologically friendly!

Our residential landscape design team are experts in native plants that thrive in your local climate. In addition, we tackle "problem" spaces, help manage water-conservation and irrigation issues, and work with organic lawns, drought-resistant plants, and edibles. In addition, the right native plants can help your yard look its best year-round, not just a couple of months out of the year. Extensive plant and soil knowledge allows us to select the right plants that will thrive in your yard.

A Yard That Fits Your Lifestyle

This is what you want to consider when designing your outdoor living space. For many people, their yard is truly an extension of their home. Outdoor parties and events, sports, playing, relaxing, and meditation are just some of the activities that you may do in your yard.

You may want a quiet and serene area in your yard for reading, yoga or napping. You may want a wide open space for kids and pets to play. You may also want an elegant and functional space for entertaining guest and enjoying a good meal. A well-designed yard can accommodate these activities. Hiring a professional residential landscape design company that can handle all aspects of designing, planning, construction, and planting can remove the headache and confusion that can often come from dealing with multiple contractors.


When it is all said and done, you want to be able to walk into your yard and feel at home. This is your oasis, your escape, and an extension of your living space. Quality landscape design can help create this feeling by listening to what you truly want your outdoor area to look and feel like. Elegance, charm, whimsy, and simplicity, these are all qualities that can be expressed through the right design and materials.

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