Planning your landscape redesign right involves open communication between you, the homeowner, and us, your professional landscape designers. While you tell us your ultimate dream for the look and utility of your yard, we are here to provide our expertise, our landscape construction services, and our landscape maintenance knowledge. Together we can ensure you get everything you were hoping for while also ensuring the health and longevity of your yard and property.
Tell us everything you want for your yard
Helpful information for your landscape redesign includes letting us know exactly what the sunny and shady areas are in your yard and at what time of day. This will ensure the correct plants are chosen for the conditions, which will increase their chances of thriving. We can make a good guess as to this, but nobody can gather these crucial details better than a homeowner can. Determining sun exposure can be time-consuming, but is very much worth it.
Experts suggest creating a chart with the areas of your yard (front left, front right, back side, etc.) listed on the vertical axis and the hours of the day on the horizontal axis. Begin checking your yard the first hour after sunrise and continue checking each hour through to sunset, listing whether sections are in full sun, partial shade, filtered/dappled sun, or full shade. You can then categorize the areas of your yard accordingly:
- Full sun: At least six hours of direct sunlight.
- Partial sun: From three to six hours of full sunlight.
- Partial shade: Three hours of full sun.
- Full shade: No full sun, less than three hours of partial sun.
Less time-consuming options include garden light meters, which is a handy little tool that will perform all these measurements for you. They can also test your soil’s moisture and pH levels. This is all very valuable information for you as a homeowner, and also to pass along to your landscape designer. Knowing where your house and yard is very exposed will allow us to make smart decisions, such as placing trees to help cool off your house in the summer and protect it from the elements in the winter.
Consider options you may not have thought of, such as:
- Installing underground irrigation
- Incorporating useful retaining walls
- A pond or other water feature
- Multiple seating areas, including out front
- A natural meadow
- An outdoor kitchen
- A fire pit
- Shelter such as a pergola, gazebo or canopy
- Erecting a greenhouse
- Different lighting options
What we will provide for your landscape redesign
Once you have provided us with your comprehensive wish list for your landscape redesign, we will get busy developing plans. We will always work within your budget and will create a number of different options for you to choose from.
We’ll start off by doing a topical survey to produce a topographical map. This is what we’ll use as the foundation of your landscape redesign. We’ll plot the fixed features that can’t be changed, such as the location of your home, your fence, existing trees and landscaping, and so on. Then using our knowledge of the sun patterns in your yard, your requirements for the project, and incorporating the basic logistics for large landscape redesign projects, we’ll sketch out a few concepts to start to solidify what the final product will look like.
Establishing an environment where your property meets your needs, will last without unnecessary repairs, and you’re proud of, is what we do at Mirage.
We are a full-service landscape redesign company with the talent, expertise, and right equipment on hand to carry out nearly every landscape construction project. It is very rare that we need to bring in sub-contractors, which means you will deal with a single point of contact for the entirety of your project, greatly simplifying the process and allowing you to feel more in control of the outcome. In addition, we 100% guarantee our results.
Contact us to get started now
Mirage Landscaping proudly serves commercial property owners and business managers in southeast Calgary, where we both live and work. Our family-owned company has been producing great results for three generations. We place the utmost importance on our customer relationships, providing courteous service, quality, and reliable prices that are more than fair.