Design diversity

Dudley Wooten - PDT Outdoor Columnist

Every landscape design is different yet they all bear some similarities.

In every case, the client will want – low budget, low maintenance, and they want it to have its own unique identity. Most don’t want their landscape to look just like their neighbor’s landscaping – some do. When I get a request like that, there are right and wrong ways to handle it. If this landscape is next door, to duplicate would be just wrong for everyone. If this is a former neighbor in a different neighborhood, then this is a win-win-win situation.

The most common scenario here is that we did the landscape next door in his former neighborhood. He saw the name on the truck and liked what he saw. It’s a winner all around because A.) he liked it and trusts us to do it, B.) I’m flattered by his choices, C.) the former neighbor should take it as a compliment and D.) it’s not next door.

The diversity in landscape design will result from several factors. First, every site is different. It may be a red brick ranch facing west or it may be a fast food drive-thru.

Second, every customer is different and it’s my mission to ask the right questions to allow your input to guide the design. Some have a definite list of do’s and don’ts, while others take a little more conversation to determine what would really please them. This is where the portfolio of former projects comes in. It’s a collection of 200 photos of jobs we’ve done and they’re in categories of residential, commercial, hydro-seeding, maintenance, trees, etc.

Of course, these categories illustrate how each design is not only of brick/vinyl/ stone or east/west but each site will vary in function also. The objective may be strictly aesthetics but it can be to keep or for resale. The objective may be privacy, in which case, size and evergreen are where it starts. Some want maintenance included and some want irrigation. Some just want design.

I just did a landscaping design for a new hospital building. I did this for the engineering firm who is providing the plans for the bid. There’s nothing new here, I’ve been doing that for 35 years. I provided the plan with plants shown in place and in color. I also listed the specified plants by common and botanical nomenclature, along with quantities and sizes. Once again this is routine.

The difference here came with the pictures he showed me of the site. He proceeded to tell me about how he had done these with a drone.

This is a little like the aerial photos taken for topo maps but much simpler and less costly. The drone is obviously a flying camera. He flew it at 200 feet in this case and got about 100 pictures. It has a control unit and a 28 minute battery. It overlaps the 100 pictures of the grid to give him one aerial photo.

When you consider that 40 years ago when he and I were both breaking into engineering, with T-squares and slide rules, and think about the drones of today, that’s some diversity of design and by design.

Dudley Wooten

PDT Outdoor Columnist

Dudley Wooten is the owner/operator of Wooten’s Landscaping and Nursery and can be contacted at 740-820-8210.

Dudley Wooten is the owner/operator of Wooten’s Landscaping and Nursery and can be contacted at 740-820-8210.