Plants are important to the microclimate because they absorb heat from the air during the transpiration process (release of water in the form of vapor), provide shade that reduces solar radiation and reflection, lower wind speed, disperse fog, and influence snow deposition.
The values of landscape plants are many, including their influence on climate, air purification, erosion control, noise reduction, privacy screening, and increasing your level of happiness every time you step out of your home.
Businesses have noted that attractively landscaped buildings result in above average labor productivity, lower absenteeism and easier worker recruitment. Studies have indicated people have a basic desire for contact with plants. Satisfying this need can have a strong positive influence on human behavior. Hospital rehabilitation therapists are aware of this fact and increasingly include gardening in their programs.
Landscape plantings are important features of private and public properties and must be selected, planted, and maintained with skill.
The first step in selecting plants is based on specific needs identified in the landscape plan. A plan is important to maximize the landscape investment and meet the needs of climate control, noise reduction, privacy screening, or to satisfy your need for year round enjoyment.
The plan should address the total property, but may only include the front of the home one year and another area later. The selection process should consider factors such as ultimate size, adaptability to local soil conditions, exposure to sun, shade, or wind, hardiness (ability to withstand cold, drought, etc.) and maintenance requirements.
Consider as well, branching habit, plant texture, foliage color, flowers, and fruit during various times of the year. All this information and more is available from our consultation staff during your design process. The more one learns about plants, the greater will be the satisfaction gained from your landscape.